Library:Finding and Using Data for your Research/Health

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A more comprehensive guide to Health data can be found here: Health Statistics & Data Research Guide

Here are a few links to get you started:


  • Abacus holds the Library's collection of research data sets from around the world.
  • Data sets of interest include: CIHI Discharge Abstracts Database, Canadian Community Health Surveys, Canadian Tobacco Use Monitoring Survey, Health Indicators Database.

BC Community health atlas

  • Health stats mapping interface for BC. Data can also be exported as a CSV file.

Health in Canada

  • The main health portal of Statistics Canada.
  • Scroll to the bottom to find data by topic or community, or view reports and time series data.


  • International health and development data.
  • An interactive tool lets you visualize the data on the site or download the data.

Additional sources:

Canadian Institute for Health Information

  • Free, publicly available statistics on Canadian health care and the health care system, drawn from a variety of sources.


  • Open data portal from the BC government. Provides access to datasets across sectors, including the Economy, Education, Finance, Health, Justice, Natural Resources, Service, Social Services, and Transportation.
  • Search the catalogue with keywords, and filter your results by filetype as well as by the sector or Ministry.


  • A coordinated statistical agency for all countries in the Eurozone. Collects economic, environmental and population data.
  • Access data through the online Statistics Database on the home page.
  • Browse individual data files can be downloaded by selecting the Statistics tab in the top menu bar and browsing the files. *Methodology can be found in the Metadata menu on the left hand side in this section. Specific methodological information for individual datasets can be accessed along with the datasets themselves.

OECDstat via OECD iLibrary

  • Select the Statistics tab from the OECD iLibrary site, then select OECD.Stat under the Databases column. On the next page, select the Data icon, which will lead you to the datasets.
  • OECD iLibrary provides online access to all books, journals, statistical series and databases originating from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development since 1998. UBC has access to the International Energy Agency's IEA Databases and to OECD.Stat.
  • OECD publications cover economic and social issues including trade, education, labour, social policy, health, finance, development, energy, environment, and science and innovation.

UN Data

  • Covers all countries and areas, drawing selectively on statistics from throughout the UN system to bring them together in a common platform and interface using global statistical standards. Selective summary tables cover agriculture, population, industry, national accounts, energy, health, human development, trade, refugees, education, employment, and information and communication technology.
  • Tables are taken from databases and sources published in the extended United Nations system, including the ILO'S Yearbook of Labour Statistics and Key Indicators of the Labour Market; the World Bank's World Development Indicators; the IMF's International Financial Statistics; the WHO's World Health Statistics Annual; various UNICEF and UNESCO publications; the Demographic Yearbook, Energy Statistics Yearbook, National Accounts Statistics: Main Aggregates and Detailed Tables, and many more.
  • Use keywords to search for datasets in the main search box. To browse datasets, select the Databases tab. Each database provides a list of the datasets it contains, which can be viewed individually. When viewing datasets, they can be manipulated within the portal (eg. to examine a single country) or the dataset can be downloaded to in order to work with it in your preferred software.
  • UN data is compiled from a variety of sources including national statistics agencies, so the survey instrument may be different for each country's data. Source information for each dataset can be found near the bottom of the page when viewing the dataset.

WorldBank Data

  • Statistical data for over 550 development indicators and time series data from 1960 for over 200 countries and 18 country groups in World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, and other databases. Data includes social, economic, financial, natural resources, and environmental indicators.
  • Browse by country, topic, indicator. Datasets can be downloaded or else viewed and manipulated in the online visualization and analysis tool at

World Health Organization (WHO)

  • Data from the UN health agency.