Health and Healthcare Data Sets

Monthly #ProjectHealthViz data sets


June – Coming soon! Federal Funding for Research for Various Diseases

MayWHO’s Global Report on Health Equity for Persons with Disabilities – A collaboration with Viz for Social Good (VFSG)

AprilThe Lown Institute Hospital Index on Equity – A collaboration with Back 2 Viz Basics (B2VB)! This month’s challenge is to make an interactive ranking table. Be sure to submit your viz to both the #ProjectHealthViz tracker as well as the #B2VB one.

MarchImpact of Endometriosis on in Vitro Fertilization Outcomes – Data set from a research paper and aims to highlight the invisible struggle many women with endometriosis face when trying to get pregnant. March is Women’s History Month and it’s important to bring awareness to fertility struggles and the huge hurdles women and their partners go through in hopes of having a family.

February – No data

JanuaryMedicaid Drug Spending 2020


September/October/November/December – No data

AugustMental Health Care Professionals Shortages – Visualize data obtained from the Kaiser Foundation (originally from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)) regarding the number of Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designations in each state. HPSA’s are used to identify areas and population groups within the United States that are experiencing a shortage of health professionals.

JulyRural Hospital Closures (updated data) – In February 2019, this data set was featured and my viz actually ended up a VOTD. Now that 3 more years have passed, I’ve updated the data set to visualize.

JuneMonthly Cannabis Exposures – Visualize monthly data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers exploring the changing case numbers over the years between Cannabidiol (CBD) and Synthetic Cannabinoid exposures.

February/March/April/May – No data. Personal hiatus.

JanuaryOne Year of Sleep – Visualize my sleep data! This data set is part of my “Visualize Someone” series, meant to provide you with data on an actual individual. For this month, this data is meant to help you think about time series data and, while this is my sleep data, you are welcome to use your own if you have it or use this data to think about ways you may want to visualize your own data in the future.


December Trends in Youth Sports – Extra challenge: Make a mobile friendly design.

October/November – No data. Personal hiatus.

SeptemberBiggest Healthcare Data Breaches – Extra challenge: Do some research to add some contextual information (text, annotations, description, links, etc) to help your user understand the data.

June/July/August – No data sets for the summer

May Registered Nursing Labor Stats (1998-2020) – Extra challenge: Draw inspiration from someone else’s viz and be sure to note them in your published visualization!

AprilQuantified Self – There is no official data set this month since the data is all about YOU! We do quantified self data twice a year. You can utilize data you may already have available such as perhaps from an application such as fitness, food tracker, sleep, medication, etc. or if you don’t, then take 2 weeks to keep track of something (maybe what time you shower, how often you have a drink or go to the bathroom, how long you run, your daily moods or thoughts, what triggers you to yell, types of conversations you have, etc. – anything related to health) and then visualize it. Extra challenge: Use only two colors in your visualization (not including black and white).

MarchAdaptive Sports – Includes three possible data sets: UK Paralympics, Paralympics Historical, Wheelchair Marathon Winners. This month is a collaboration between #DiversityinData, #SportsVizSunday, and #ProjectHealthViz – please be sure to enter into all three submission trackers. Extra challenge: Use parameter or set actions (in Tableau), or a feature you have never used before.

FebruaryUK Hospital Admissions for Youth <18 (2016-2018) – Extra challenge: Use a custom image for the title (create in tool of your choice – PowerPoint, Figma, Canva, Illustrator, etc.) and a custom button, shape, or background image.

JanuaryNHS Admitted Patient Care Activity: Main Specialty (2019-2020) – Extra challenge: Design dashboard for a C-Suite executive as the end user.


DecemberCannabis Strains and Features

NovemberHow Common is Each Myer’s Briggs Personality

OctoberAustralian Breast Cancer Screening, COVID Impact

SeptemberConditions Contributing to COVID Deaths

AugustGlobal Emissions by Sector

JulyAAPCC Poison Exposures by Age

JuneGeography of Social Capital in America

MayTeladoc 5-Year Stock Prices

AprilHuman Development Index

MarchCoronavirus Daily Counts

FebruaryWHO Access to Basic Sanitation

JanuaryMental Health in Prisons and Jail


DecemberSubsaharan Africa Healthcare Facilities

NovemberMen’s Prostate Cancer Trends (Movember)

OctoberAutism Spectrum Disorder CDC/ADDM 2014

SeptemberAlcohol Use and Burden (compiled by Anna Dzikowska)

AugustOECD International Healthcare Spending

JulyBaby Alice’s Treatment Costs (courtesy of Rodrigo Calloni)

JuneCeliac Disease Symptoms and Disorders

MayWHO Global Tobacco Consumption

AprilEuroStat European Disease Prevalence

MarchGlobal Measles Cases

FebruaryUS Rural Hospital Closures

JanuaryCT Drug Deaths 2012-2017


DecemberUS Social Security Number of Births

NovemberCDC US National Outbreaks

OctoberAdolescent Pregnancy Rates by Race

SeptemberMedicaid HEDIS Measures

AugustMedicare Coverage Gaps

JulyCDC 2016 Fatalities

JuneWHO Causes of Child Mortality

MayUS State Mental Illness Percents

#ProjectHealthVIz started in May 2018! Thanks for coming along for this journey of mine and I hope these datasets are useful!