Public Health

Core Resources

Useful Tools

EBM Calculator by Mercer University 

Data and Health Statistics

Below are some health data & statistics recourses you may find useful.  More resources can also be found on the Health Data & Statistics guide.  

Health People.com Data2020 Search - Healthy People 2020 includes over 1,200 objectives to monitor and improve the health of all Americans over the decade... Healthy People relies on many diverse data systems including: National censuses of events (like the National Vital Statistics System), nationally representative sample surveys (like the National Health Interview Survey), and other valid and reliable data sources (like the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute)" 

National Center for Health Statistics FastStats "The FastStats site provides quick access to statistics on topics of public health importance and is organized alphabetically. Links are provided to publications that include the statistics presented, to sources of more data, and to related web pages."

Rural Health Information Hub-  "The Rural Health Information Hub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues." 

North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics- "The North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics is responsible for data collection, health-related research, production of reports and maintenance of a comprehensive collection of health statistics"

Interested in searching in grey literature? Check out our guide about it! 

Statistical packages on HSL computers

How to use statistical programs SAS, SPSS and Stata on Health Sciences Library computers:

  1. Go to http://virtuallab.unc.edu
  2. Browse Statistical Applications. A shortcut is on all HSL student desktops. 

Note: Do not confuse the Virtual Lab http://virtuallab.unc.edu with the Virtual Computing Lab http://vcl.unc.edu (see below). They are different services.  If you have questions about using computers at the HSL, visit the HSL front desk or call 919-962-0800.