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Public Health: Data & software

Created by Health Science Librarians

Find Datasets

Check out these guides for more health-focused data resources:

VCL vs. VirtualLab

Virtual Computing Lab
How do I access it
Available on campus
Remember to be connected to the
UNC-Secure or UNC-PSK networks
(See how to do this)
Available off campus Requires connecting through
VPN (see ITS's page for more information)
Ideal for large datasets
Unlimited time
Access files on your computer

Get help with statistical, mathematical, and GIS software


The Odum Institute is a service and research unit of the University of North Carolina. Its staff provides statistical services including workshops, seminars, and software access.  Odum is located in Manning Hall. 

Mathematical and Statistical

The UNC Research Computing Group provides support for mathematical and statistical software applications, as well as technical information and assistance for supported research software to the UNC-CH community. The statistical computing web pages provide general information about computing on the statistical server, include documentation and usage instructions, and address commonly asked questions.

GIS & Data Services

The GIS and Data Services unit in Davis Library provides assistance in finding geospatial data and offers research consultations.

If you need assistance, schedule a consultation using the online scheduling app.

Data Management

If you need assistance writing data management plans, understanding agency requirements, and finding data services on campus, see the HSL's Research Data Toolkit Guide.

Statistical packages on HSL computers

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

  1. Go to
  2. Browse Statistical Applications. A shortcut is on all HSL student desktops. 

Note: Do not confuse the Virtual Lab with the Virtual Computing Lab (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.