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Population Health and Health Services Research Datasets


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Population health researchers seek to understand how biological, behavioral, environmental, social, and structural factors affect the health of populations. They also study how to design interventions to improve health and reduce health disparities at the population level.

This guide catalogues public and private population health and health services data sets for research in population health, health services research and health equity.

Note: Datasets with a $ in the title generally have a fee associated with access. Note that others may have a free public version and charge a fee for a more restricted version of the data. When UCSF has access to a particular dataset it is noted in the description by referring researchers to Population Health data consulting.

Get Help

The UCSF Library’s Data Sciences Initiative and the Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) provide resources to help researchers chose a dataset, enroll in training classes and get consultation in research methodology.

  • For consultation in study design, research methodology, data set selection and management, submit a CTSI Consultation Request Form. The first hour is free for each project.
  • For training and advice in identifying data sources, programming, and general advice about data management check out the classes and office hours of the Data Science Initiative. Most of these programs are free.