Public Health

Articles, books, statistics, how to cite references, and more information about the multidisciplinary field of public health.

Country Information

What has happened in a given country during the past few decades? Here are some resources to help you find out:

Other databases in the topic lists under "Databases by Topic" list, such as Political Science.

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Tip:   If you *must* search Google, add    site:.[country code]    to your search, to get results ONLY from a particular country.
Here is ISO's list of country codes.

-- Example: "burden of disease" site:.ug   (which is Uganda)

Data and Statistics

Go to the Data and Statistics research guide:

  • for more sources of statistics
  • for the contact information for the Data and Statistics librarian

Global Health Statistics and Data

Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) program collects and analyzes data on population, health, HIV, and nutrition through more more that 200 surveys in over 75 countries. (You must register in order to download data.)

EIU (Economist Intelligence Unit) -- This mostly economics information includes U.S. and worldwide data, such as census data, and is interactive.

Global Health Facts (Kaiser Foundation) -- This site ceased in April 2016. 

  • This page has links to the original sources of information that was previously on this site

  • For information on global health policy, including the U.S. government’s role in global health, they refer you to their global health topic page

  • For information on U.S. government funding for global health, including trends over time and funding through the appropriations process, they refer you to their U.S. Global Health Budget Tracker

Global Health Observatory (WHO) -- Scroll down to the Global Health Observatory's theme pages for data and analyses on global health priorities. Each theme page provides information on a global situation and trends.

Health (OECD Indicators) -- This piece of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) site includes information about health care resources and financing, quality of care, health status, and more.

Health-EU - This site for the European Commission's Directorate for Public Health and Risk Assessment "provides information on policies and decisions... to protect Europeans' health by enabling them to make healthy choices and live healthier lives."

  • Scroll down to see all of the topics

HealthMap: Global Disease Alert Map -- Maintained by Harvard and the Children's Hospital of Boston, this interactive map allows you to monitor outbreaks by disease or country. Data are obtained by monitoring news agencies to create an early warning system.

Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) -- Managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, this site allows anyone associated with an organization to upload datasets about "humanitarian data." They define this as: "1) data about the context in which a humanitarian crisis is occurring (e.g., baseline/development data, damage assessments, geospatial data); 2) data about the people affected by the crisis and their needs; and 3) data about the response by organisations and people seeking to help those who need assistance."

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) -- They provide impartial, evidence-based information about global health trends. The site includes publication summaries, policy reports, and info about their research areas which include global burden of disease and health financing.    Main supporters are the Gates Foundation and the state of Washington.

OECD.Statistics -- The "Health" link on the left provides data on worldwide health expenditures, healthcare activities (e.g., vaccinations), and more, for OECD countries.

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) -- PAHO is an international public health agency whose mission is to improve health and living standards in the countries of Central and South America. In addition to statistics and data, the site has information on countries and diseases, publications, and more.

ProQuest -- This database covers statistics and data in the U.S. and worldwide.

On the library home page, choose "Articles and Databases," then "Databases," then put in the word "proquest." Follow these steps to choose only the articles that include statistics or data:

  • Choose "All Subscribed"
  • From above, choose "Advanced Search"
  • Put your words in the title and/or elsewhere in the articles
  • Below, from the column labeled "Document Type," choose "Statistics and Data Report"

Social Security Programs Throughout the World -- Choose a continent, then a country, and read about their social security program.

Statista -- Country-specific statistics on a wide range of topics, including health. It includes statistics from well-known sources as well as some unique sources.

Statistical Insight -- This is an index to statistical publications of the U.S. government, state governments, international organizations, and many non-governmental organizations.

UNData -- The portal for all UN statistical databases, such as energy, food, and population. There is also a list of countries to choose.

World Bank

  • World Bank Data Bank -- A list of World Bank data sources.
  • World Bank "Visualize Inequality" - This interactive page shows "how gender, geography, economic circumstances, ethnicity, and other inherent characteristics affect access to basic services among children."
    --- Choose a region on the left, then choose what you want to see (on the right)
    --- The World Bank's eLibrary also has books about health financing around the world

World Health Organization - You can choose "Health Topics" or "Countries" to start your search

Worldwide Sources of Data on the Welch Site -- On the left; mouse over for descriptions.