Available Until 9/30/2023

Health Statistics on the Web*

For more information or to schedule this course, contact the NNLM Training Office at nto@utah.edu.

This face-to-face course focuses on the location, selection, and effective use of statistics relevant to health on the local, state, national, and international levels. The importance and relevance of health statistics in various contexts will be discussed. Participants will have the opportunity to practice through the use of numerous exercises.

Site URL: https://nnlm.gov/training/class-catalog/health-statistics-web 

  • Identify selected key websites for use in the location of data sets and statistics for use at the local, state and national level, including PHPartners and MedlinePlus.
  • Discuss of the types of data sets and statistics available on the Internet.
  • Define the 4-step process used to successfully locate relevant health statistics for a particular circumstance or issue.
  • Describe where to locate additional health statistics information training through the National Information Center on Health Services Research & Health Care Technology (NICHSR)


Agenda for 2-hour version below. Agenda for 3-hour version includes additional exercises and time to go over with class. A 1-hour version is also available.

Welcome and introductions (10 minutes)

Overview: Data vs. statistics (15 minutes)     

Key features of health statistics (10 minutes)     

Uses of health statistics (10 minutes)     

Steps to finding health statistics (15 minutes)

Sources of health statistics (National, State/Local and International (30 minutes)

Exercises - hands-on (30 minutes)

Agenda for 1 hour course:

Introduction (5 minutes)

Statistics Overview (7 minutes)

    1. Data vs. Statistics
    2. Key Features of Health Statistics
    3. Uses of Health Statistics

Steps to Finding Health Statistics (5 Minutes)

Sources of Health Statistics (43 minutes)

    1. Statistics portals (8 minutes)
    2. National level Statistics (15 minutes)
    3. State & Local Statistics (15 minutes)
    4. International Statistics (5 minutes)


Facility Requirements  
Preferably a classroom connected to the Internet for demonstrating resources live and computer use by the students to participate in the exercises. Can be provided as a presentation only.

MLA CE Credits: 1, 2, 3