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Evidence-based Medicine to Evidence-based Public Health

Two integrated frameworks demonstrating how to translate evidence-based practice (a clinical approach) to evidence-based public health.

Health Measurements & Indicators - Informatics Tools

This table can help you find the best statistics-related tool for your Public Health information needs. It is a work in progress and is frequently updated.  If you would like to have a resource  included in this table, please submit information based on the categories below and e-mail to  Include a link to the resource and a brief description of why you feel it should be included.

Tool name starts with: A | B | C | D | EF | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z






The Community Guide

Centers for Disease Control

The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community.

Data is based on systematic reviews.


County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/University of Wisconsin

County-by-county rankings & mappings of health outcomes and factors with suggestions and links for implementing programs based on the data

Explanation of information sources; list of policies and programs for a given factor

Cannot compare states

Community Health Status Indicators

Centers for Disease Control

CHSI 2015 is an interactive application with health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.Profiles include key indicators of health outcomes, which describe the population health status of a county and factors that have the potential to influence health outcomes, such as health care access and quality, health behaviors, social factors and the physical environment.



Environmental & Health Data Portal

The City of New York, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

This site allows you to search for information about the content, quality, and context of data used by the NYC Health Department and collaborating agencies.

Exceptional, easy-to-use tool to gather data or create your own tables on NYC.

None at this time.

Epi Info

Centers for Disease Control

Tool for designing epi data collection instruments, visualizations, analyses and reports

Free software; Can use existing CDC or user data; map generator

Requires download


The City of New York

EpiQuery is a web-based, user-friendly system designed to provide users with health data from a variety of sources. EpiQuery Modules are based on health datasets with varying topics and indicators for different NYC populations.

Free software; Provides useful statistics on the state of NYC with a great filtering tools.

Must use arrow keys to navigate through some screens.  You will lose site access if you do not use arrow keys.


Gideon Informatics, Inc.

GIDEON is a user-friendly, web application for Diagnosis and Informatics. GIDEON significantly improves diagnostic accuracy and broadens your knowledge base by providing access to the vast field of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology updated weekly.

Top-of-the-line resource for information on infectious diseases. Charts comparing country-specific information can be created with a few clicks.

Small learning curve to get started.

Global Health Facts

Kaiser Family Foundation

Free database of selected global health and socio-economic indicators, including HIV, TB, and malaria

User-friendly searching; side-by-side country comparison; data available for download; consistent updating; “save image” option for mapped data

No explanation for indicators labeled N/A

Global Tobacco Surveillance System Data 


Visual data display of non-U.S. surveys of tobacco use

Population groups are divided into youth, adults, healthcare students, and school personnel; user-friendly; variety of factors listed; non-U.S. focus

Relatively small amount of data

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Searches publicly available datasets and tools from across HHS agencies

Broad, multidisciplinary scope; user-friendly; ability to filter search results; gives date data was last updated

Poor search term suggestions


Boston Children’s Hospital

Maps real-time disease outbreak data from news/government/academic sources

Multiple languages; graphs of annual disease rates; varied sources; saved search option; "Disease Daily" news blog

Longest searchable date range is 30 days; anyone can add an alert (but it will be verified)

Health, Nutrition and Population Data & Statistics   

The World Bank

International statistics for 250 health indicators across such topics as economics, disease rates, and access to care

Time lapse animations; multiple visualization types; multiple languages

Color codes on maps & graphs is inconsistent; data is not available for all indicators in all countries

Household Products Database

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What's under your kitchen sink, in your garage, in your bathroom, and on the shelves in your laundry room?
Learn more about what's in these products, about potential health effects, and about safety and handling.

Easily accessible.

None at this time.


Infoshare Associates

Population statistics, immigration trends, socio-economic indicators, birth and death data, hospitalizations, local trade data, and much more covering New York State and City.

Great sources for local and statewide data.

Difficult to navigate interface.

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network


Create reports on a variety of environmental health statistics by state


demographic and behavior parsing available; can create maps, charts or graphs


Data from only one survey; cannot compare multiple behaviors at once

NYS Kids' Well-being Indicator Clearinghouse (KWIC)

New York State

Data and visualizations for child wellness indicators in New York counties

User-friendly; multiple visualization options

NYS only; no data after 2009

National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System (NNDSS) Tables

Centers for Disease Control

Tables of MMWR (Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report) data for diseases required by law to be reported to the government

Data can be viewed nationally or by state and is broken down by disease; includes human and animal diseases

State-by-state tables are content heavy and not vision-friendly


NIH/National Library of Medicine

Explore on-site toxic chemical releases and hazardous waste sites from the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) and Superfund National Priorities list.

Comprehensive toxic chemicals data.

Awkward navigation


Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS)

Tool that examines disease outbreak data, tests for presence of human-to-animal/animal-to-animal transmission, and estimates household and neighborhood secondary attack rates

Free software

Requires download

The World Bank

Click here to learn about the five organizations the manage the World Bank Goup.

The World Bank is a vital source of financial and technical assistance to developing countries around the world.

A must for anyone needing data on developing countries


The World Factbook

Central Intelligence Agency

Geographic and demographic information for every country

User-friendly; includes land and maritime information; visual and textual data; information-rich without being too dense; links to World Leaders database

Possibility of political bias due to parent organization

Youth Online 


Analyze factors for youth risk behavior nationally and by state

Many different risk factors examined;  local level data

Can only examine one factor at a time; no visualization capabilities