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SPEA H549 Health Policy


Greetings from the Library!

Greetings Students,

I'm glad you have found this research guide.  My hope is that you will utilize it to aid you in accessing public health data and visualization tools.

I am available to you this semester for either in person or virtual research consultations as well.  Feel free to email me at to set up an appointment.

Good luck this semester, and remember to reach out if you find yourself needing some extra guidance!

Emily Alford

Government Information & Public Health Librarian

Recommended Resources

National Center for Health Statistics

NCHS collects, analyzes, and disseminates timely, relevant, and accurate health data and statistics.

NCHS Research Aids brings together high-value datasets, tools, and applications. It offers data about health and health care to help researchers solve problems. has thousands of health-related data sets from Department of Health and Human Services agencies which can be downloaded; new data sets are added regularly.



Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research -- a menu-driven system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals, scholars and the public at large. It provides access to a wide array of public health information.

WONDER Quick Start Guide


Simply Analytics

Web-based mapping application that lets users create professional-quality thematic maps and reports using demographic, business, and marketing data.


Social Explorer

Provides access to data maps, profile reports, demographic data, and data elements and variables. Includes interactive tools that allow users to create and share maps, presentations and tables, or compare and analyze data.

Social Explorer Guides and Videos


Sage Data

Data analysis resource for social science researchers and students.  Includes access to 65 billion U.S. and international datasets from over 90 sources. Users can manipulate datasets, compare multiple indicators and sources, chart trends over time, and map data on a single interface, as well as create customizable visualizations of the data.

Data Planet User Guide



GovInfo is a service of the United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), which is a Federal agency in the legislative branch. GovInfo provides free public access to official publications from all three branches of the Federal Government.


AHRQ Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project

Comprehensive source of hospital care data, including information on inpatient stays, ambulatory surgery and services visits, and emergency department encounters. HCUP enables researchers, insurers, policymakers and others to study health care delivery and patient outcomes over time, and at the national, regional, State, and community levels.