Public Data Sources

Hospital and Insurance

HCUPnet:   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 inpatient and emergency department utilization.

MEPSnet: Medical Expenditure Survey Panel, MEPSnet/HC gives you easy access to nationally representative statistics of health care use, expenditures, sources of payment, and insurance coverage for the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized population. With MEPSnet/HC you can generate statistics using Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Household Component public use files.


Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Kaiser Family Foundation State Health Facts : The Kaiser Foundation focuses on major health care issues facing the nation, as well as U.S. role in global health policy. The Foundation is a “non-partisan source of facts and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the general public

AHRQ State Snapshots :

The State Snapshots provide State-specific health care quality information, including strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for improvement. The goal is to help State officials and their public- and private-sector partners better understand health care quality and disparities in their State.


CDC – National Center for Health Statistics :  The NCHS is the nation’s principal health statistics agency, NCHS leads the way with accurate, relevant, and timely data.

U. S. Bureau of the Census : Interactive Internet Data Tools available to explore United States Census data

Health This site contains over 800 datasets and is dedicated to making high value health data more accessible to entrepreneurs, researchers, and policy makers in the hopes of better health outcomes for all.

Health Services Research Information Central (HSRIC)  HSRIC is a research portal of health services research resources produced in conjunction with the National Library of Medicine. It provide numerous Internet links to data, funding announcements, reports, podcasts, discussion groups, and more.

SEER The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program of the National Cancer Institute provides information on cancer statistics in an effort to reduce the cancer burden among the U.S. population.

GenBank GenBank ® is the NIH genetic sequence database, an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences which comprises the DNA DataBank of Japan (DDBJ), the European Nucleotide Archive (ENA), and GenBank at NCBI


World Health Organization: Global Health Observatory- WHO’s gateway to health-related statistics from around the world. The aim of the GHO portal is to provide easy access to country data and statistics with a focus on comparable estimates, and WHO’s analyses to monitor global, regional and country situation and trends.

The Human Mortality Database : The Human Mortality Database (HMD) was created to provide detailed mortality and population data to researchers, students, journalists, policy analysts, and others interested in the history of human longevity. It is the work of two teams of researchers in the USA and Germany with the help of financial backers and scientific collaborators from around the world.

Global Health Data Exchange   The goal of the GHDx is to help people locate data by cataloging information about data including the topics covered, by providing links to data providers or explaining how to acquire the data, and in cases where we have permission, providing the data directly for download.

Other (DataCite) is a global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. Many of the datasets are focused on basic science research.

Harvard Personal Genome Project The Genome Project was founded in 2005 and is dedicated to creating public genome, health, and trait data in the belief that sharing data is critical to scientific progress