Global Health Data Resources

Source: Emilie Bruzelius


Open data and open science.

  • Interest
  • Find the data
  • Meet with professors
  • Analyze



USAID sponsor (US Gov't)
85 countries
Began in 1984
Every 5 years
Submit an application to get access - must be somewhat specific. Get started here.
Nationally representative (representative cluster sampling)
Has geotagged cluster of data

  • Global Burden of Disease (GBD)

Estimates for over 188 countries
Good cause of death and disability-adjusted life year indicators
Began in 1990
Sponsors: Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) - UW (Gates Foundation)
World Bank
World Health Organization
The Lancet

107 countries, 290 surveys
Began in 1995
Covers 50% of SDG goals
Sponsors: UNICEF


  • Sampling is poor for the most vulnerable populations

Data aggregators

Off the beaten path

  • Afrobarometer
  • World Policy Analysis Center - policies that may have health impact

Finding other peoples' repos

  • Dryad
  • Biospecimen repos
  • Github


  • How do I start learning how to wrangle a dataset?
  • Google Scholar the dataset and get in touch with people who have done the work before. Literature search and networking!

  • DIY

  • FOIA (e.g. Chris Wong), Hand code, Scrape the data