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Free Online Health Statistics Courses

In the spirit of “back to school”, a sampling of free online health statistics courses

Health Statistics on the Web: It’s as Easy as …1,2,3! (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)

This hands-on 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. Includes a PowerPoint presentation,  a list of  selected Web sites, and sets of exercises. ”
Geared towards medical librarians.

Finding and Using Health Statistics (US National Library of Medicine)

This course describes the range of available health statistics, identifies their sources and helps you understand how to use information about their structure as you search.Links to numerous examples.
Coursework is divided into two main parts:

  • About Health Statistics describes these sources and explores how they are created and
  • Finding Health Statistics presents strategies you can use to successfully search for the material

How Do You Find Health-Related Statistics (University of North Carolina)

One in a series of modules (left column) on understanding and locating health statistics.

Finding Health Statistics Online (University of Michigan)

Tutorial outlines the major sources of public health statistics and presents a structured search process.

Wondering why you can’t locate health statistics on a certain subject?

The University of Chicago outlines the Top 5 Challenges to Finding Data.

August 14, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,


  1. I don’t leave a response, however I looked at some of the comments on this page Free Online Health Statistics Courses Health and Medical News and Resources. I actually do have 2 questions for you if it’s allright.
    Is it just me or do a few of the remarks come across as if they are written by
    brain dead folks? 😛 And, if you are writing at other sites, I’d like to keep up with anything fresh you have to post. Would you post a list of the complete urls of all your shared sites like your twitter feed, Facebook page or linkedin profile?

    Comment by garage door hinges | August 6, 2013 | Reply

  2. Thank you for the comment.
    Don’t know how to answer the question relating to the remarks of others. So, I’d rather not answer that one.
    Presently I am not writing much on Twitter ( or LinkedIn.
    Thanks for your interest. Much appreciated.

    Comment by Janice Flahiff | August 6, 2013 | Reply

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