Health Sciences & Physical Education Research Guide

Essential library research sources for study in health and wellness, physical education, and exercise science courses. #hpera

Finding Public Health Data

Collection and use of statistics and data is a fundamental part of public health practice. As a future practitioner, it is important you know how to find useful data sets and reports. Here are some tips:

  • Think to yourself "Who cares about this data?" Often you will decide it is a local, state, national, or international governmental body or organization. Then, visit the corresponding websites.
  • Use a data-specific search tool such as CDC Wonder or WHO's Global Health Observatory
  • Try a well formed Google search. Using advanced search techniques can help you narrow the millions of results a basic Google search returns. For example, compare the following keyword searches:

Key Websites for Statistics & Data