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Fertility and Mortality in Cultural Context (GHCS 300R)

Fall 2011, Dr. Parsons

Useful Emory Websites


*** THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO START: Emory's Electronic Data Center has a great website with many links to statistical information. Their Data Freeway webpage organizes these links by subjects such as: Health, Social Indicators, Census & Demography. This is a very useful site!!

Health Specific Data: International Stats

WHO's Global Health Observatory WHO portal providing access to data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation -- links to all kinds of data and statistics from countries around the world.

WHO's "Links to National Health-related Websites" lists links to other countries' national health info/stats.

World Health Report Published annually by WHO. Each year has a different focus (e.g. 2001 on mental health)

UNDP Human Development Reports can also provide very useful information. Look at the different national and regional reports -- these will have good information about your countries.  Also check out the Statistics link at the top of the website.

From the UNDP Human Development Reports website, the link on the top navigation bar to "Other Publications" also has useful reports and papers, especially the link to "Human Development Research Papers Series: Research on Key Areas of Human Development" (which is under the "Human Development Reports and related" section), which links to papers written to support the 2003 report on the MDGs, among other reports -- browse to see if there is an article on your country.

General Indicators

World Development Indicators Online (international, statistics)
GET STATS EASILY!!! GREAT SOURCE! World Development Indicators (WDI) is the World Bank's annual compilation of data/statistics about development; provides direct access to more than 550 development (economic and social) indicators for 208 countries from 1960 to 2001. Online format allows you to select the countries, indicators, and years in which you are interested and create customized tables.

US Census Bureau
Vital stats and context/socioeconomic data; not really health data. Data collected every 10 yrs; non-census years its often hard to get more detailed info.  Most online data is from the 1990 and 2000 censuses, but there is some historical data (back to 1940s?) in some areas. Information can be viewed at the state level.

Statistical Abstract of the United States (print version) for older demographic/socioeconomic data broken down by state. Located in Government Docments (GOVDOCS) on the 1st floor of the Main Library, call numbers beginning with T 37.10: and C 18.14:

Health Specific Data: US Stats

CDC Click on the "Diseases and Conditions" link in the "Health and Saftey Topics" section OR click on the link to "Data & Statistics" in the box in the middle of the page to discover to some good information/data. EXPLORE the CDC site! All kinds of information is available on the site, but sometimes you have to dig and data is often accessible via links that might not sound as if they are directly related to your topic.

CDC Wonder includes an arrray of health related data sets that allows you to search and read published documents including reports, recommendations and guidelines, articles and statistical research data published by CDC, as well as reference materials and bibliographies on health-related topics; query numeric data sets on CDC's mainframe and other computers, via "fill-in-the blank" web pages. Public-use data sets about mortality (deaths), cancer incidence, HIV and AIDS, behavioral risk factors, diabetes, natality (births), census data and many other topics are available for query, and the requested data are readily summarized and analyzed.

NCHS (National Center for Health Statistics) (a part of the CDC) US health statistics

The three links below are some of the more useful links on the NCHS site:

  • FASTSTATS A to Z (stats by subject and by state)
  • Surveys and Data Collection Systems (ongoing/periodic suverys etc. collected by NCHS)
  • NHIS Survey (National Health Interview Survey) is the principal source of information on the health of the civilian noninstitutionalized population of the United States and is one of the major data collection programs of the NCHS. The main objective of the NHIS is to monitor the health of the United States population through the collection and analysis of data on a broad range of health topics. A major strength of this survey lies in the ability to display these health characteristics by many demographic and socioeconomic characteristics.
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