Google Public Data Explorer — Grabs data from a variety of datasets and charts and maps it over time.
WorldMapper — University of Sheffield, The Leverhulme Trust, University of Michigan, Geographical Association
Want to see the world in a whole new way? This site presents maps using equal area cartograms, which are also known as density-equalizing maps. The cartogram re-sizes each territory according to the variable (such as births, youth literacy, population under 1, etc.) being mapped. The maps and data files cover 200 territories, mainly United Nation Member States plus a few others to include at least 99.95% of the world’s population.
International Health Data Reference Guide– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Provides information on the availability of selected national vital, hospital, health personnel resources, and population0based health survey statistics. Information for the nations included in the guides is obtained from the government and official agencies that are listed in the guide for further reference.
Population Reference Bureau: World Data
This database contains data on 95 demographic variables for more than 220 countries, 28 world regions and sub-regions, the world as a whole, the United States as a whole, and the U.S. states. (Not all countries have data on all variables.)
HealthMap: Global Disease Alert Map (Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences & Technology)
HealthMap brings together disparate data sources to achieve a unified and comprehensive view of the current global state of infectious diseases and their effect on human and animal health. This freely available Web site integrates outbreak data of varying reliability, ranging from news sources (such as Google News) to curated personal accounts (such as ProMED) to validated official alerts (such as World Health Organization).
International Programs Center (IPC)– US Census Bureau
United Nations and Agencies
UNdata: Data compendium of 33 statistical databases with over 60 million records
World Health Organization
- Data & Statistics
This links to the WHO sites found below, but it is a bit of a tangled web. Try some of the direct links on this page before going to the Data & Statistics site.
- Global Health Observatory
The Global Health Observatory (GHO) is WHO’s portal providing access to data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation. This page links to special themes that include: Alcohol and Health; Child Health; Cholera; Environmental Health; Health Systems Financing; HIV/AIDS; Malaria; Maternal and reproductive health; Meningococcal meningitis; Mortality and Global Burden of Disease (GBD); Neglected tropical diseases; Noncommunicable diseases; Road safety; Tobacco control; Tuberculosis; and Women and health as well as the sites found below.
- GHO Data Repository: Data tables for all WHO Member States
“The GHO data repository provides access to over 50 datasets on priority health topics including mortality and burden of diseases, the Millennium Development Goals (child nutrition, child health, maternal and reproductive health, immunization, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected diseases, water and sanitation), noncommunicable diseases and risk factors, epidemic-prone diseases, health systems, environmental health, violence and injuries, equity among others.”
- WHO Reports
- Country Statistics
- Map Gallery
- WHO Indicator Registry
Download PDFs of the compendium or access the online indicator registry.
- Global InfoBase
“The WHO Global InfoBase is a data warehouse that collects, stores and displays information on chronic diseases and their risk factors for all WHO member states. ” It has data for:
- Global Atlas of Infectious Disease
“In a single electronic platform, the WHO’s Communicable Disease Global Atlas is bringing together for analysis and comparison standardized data and statistics for infectious diseases at country, regional, and global levels. The analysis and interpretation of data are further supported through information on demography, socioeconomic conditions, and environmental factors. In so doing, the Atlas specifically acknowledges the broad range of determinants that influence patterns of infectious disease transmission.”
- Health Financing
- Individual Diseases and Conditions
- Burden of Disease
- Disease and injury – country
Deaths, DALYs, HALE, LE
- Disease and injury – regional
Deaths, DALYs, YLL, YLD, prevalence, incidence
- Risk factors – regional
Deaths, DALYs, PAFs, prevalence
- Projections – regional
- World Health Report
- Mortality Data
- All Health topics from the World Health Organization
- WHO Periodicals Bulletin of WHO, WHO Drug Information, Weekly Epidemiological Report, frequently requested reports (ICD-10, obesity, climate change and human health), and WHO technical reports.
- Site Index
Not sure what you need until you see it? Go to the site index and explore.
- Discussion Papers
Cover many topics related to methodologies of estimates, life expectancy/tables and disease burden, income, and other topics related to health that WHO collects data.
- Vitamin & Mineral Nutrition Information System
- Global Atlas of the Health Workforce
- Statistics from WHO Regional Offices
- Regional Statistics
Statistics and information for students about each of the Member States of the United Nations. Find out about the national economies, population, health and medical systems, and much more.
- Millennium Development Goal Indicators Database
Child Mortality (UN Inter-agency Group for Child Mortality Estimation)
United Nations Population Fund
United Nations Development Program Human Development Reports
Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS Data and Analysis
United Nations Economic and Social Affairs Population Division
Contains data from their major publication, State of the World’s Children. Includes data for HIV/AIDS, Nutrition, Maternal Health, Education, Child Protection, and Newborn care.
- State of the World’s Children
A special topic is covered each year. Past years have included: child rights; girls, education, and development; childhood under threat; and child labor.
LABORSTA (International Labour Office)
View and download labor data and metadata for over 200 countries or territories.
Data by Topic (World Bank)
CANCERMondial (International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC))
This site has attempted to gather cancer statistics for 5 continents. They readily acknowledge that their data is incomplete, but it is as comprehensive as possible given the circumstances.
Global Health Policy (Kaiser Family Foundation)
- Look at the topics for data resources.
UC Atlas of Global Inequality
The Atlas of Global Inequality explores aspects of inequality using online, downloadable maps and graphics. All materials can be reproduced without charge if they are attributed to the UC Atlas of Global Inequality.
OECD Statistics Portal: Data by Topic
Subscription-based databases with statistics (SPH community only)
“Welcome to NationMaster.com, a massive central data source and a handy way to graphically compare nations. NationMaster is a vast compilation of data from such sources as the CIA World Factbook, United Nations, World Health Organization, World Bank, World Resources Institute, UNESCO, UNICEF and OECD.”
Links to various intergovernmental agencies and non-profit organizations that provide support for developing countries. Includes:
- Get data on funds received by countries from various governmental and intergovernmental organizations.
- Mapping for Results (in collaboration with the World Bank)
International Monetary Fund World Outlook Report
Financial reports for countries.