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Public Health Data

Statistics are collected to meet the needs of the collector. 

When mining online for data, consider how and why it was collected, where it comes from, and how it is presented. 

Who are the collectors?
  • Government agencies and entities who are required by law to make the data they collect freely accessible to the public
  • Organizations whose mission is to enhance transparency in health care policy development and decision-making

Other parties (such as aggregate free data online and use advertising algorithms in search engines to make their websites easily discoverable. That makes data on these sites easy to find via Google. For authoritative information in context, researchers should always seek the original source!

There are MANY free public health data resources! A few are listed below. Schedule a research appointment to explore more data tools and sites.