U.S. Data Sources

U.S. Data Sources

See also CHARTing Health Information for Texas for links to data by broad disease categories and determinants of health. Many of the sources on the CHARTing site include data for individual states and the US, not just Texas.

The UTSPH Office of Research provides instructions to students who want to use data in their theses or dissertation. Be sure to review their Data Handling Procedures forms.

Data Meta-Sites from the US Government

  • Data.gov
  • Health & Human Services Gateway to Data and Statistics (currently not working)
  • Health Indicators Warehouse
  • FedStats
    Search tool for sources of government data.
  • Womenshealth.gov Quick Health Data Online
    The system provides county-level data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US territories and possessions. Data are available by gender, race and ethnicity and, to the extent possible, age.
  • Health Services and Sciences Research Resources (National Library of Medicine)
    Information about research datasets and instruments/indices employed in Health Services Research, Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health with links to PubMed.
  • Archival Research Catalog (National Archives and Records Administration)
    The Archival Research Catalog (ARC) is the online catalog of NARA’s nationwide holdings in the Washington, DC area, Regional Archives and Presidential Libraries. Be sure to select Data Files under Type of Archived Materials.

Individual Agency Web Sites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

National Cancer Institute

Census Bureau

HCUPnet (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
“HCUPnet is a free, on-line query system based on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). It provides access to health statistics and information on hospital stays at the national, regional, and State level.” To look up data by disease classification, you will need to know the ICD-9 (NOT ICD-10) codes. You can find a list of codes at CDC Wonder Compressed Mortality 1979-1998. Go to Section 4: Select Cause of Death to view the categories. Click on on item, then click on Open to view sub-categories or click Open Fully to view further down the diagnostic tree.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Research, Statistics, Data & Systems

Bureau of Labor Statistics

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration