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Health Statistics

Subject Librarian

Dagmara Chojecki
University of Alberta - John W. Scott Health Sciences Library
2K4.07 WC Mackenzie Hlth Sci Ctr
Edmonton, AB
Canada T6G 2R7
Office (780) 248-2084


Liza Chan
John W. Scott Health Sciences Library
2K4.09 Walter C. Mackenzie Health Sciences Centre
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB CANADA T6G 2R7

What are Health Statistics?

Organized numerical data that characterize the health of a population and the influences that affect it’s health including:

  • Environment
  • Genetic and biological characteristics
  • Health services
  • Community attributes,political and cultural contexts

Statistics VS Data

"Statistics” and “Data” are not interchangeable although many people use these terms as though they are.

If you think that you need DATA in order to create your own statistics please consult the U of A Data Library

If you need STATISTICS please use this guide to aid in your search!


 Data is the raw information from which statistics are created. Put in the reverse, statistics provide an interpretation and summary of data. If you want to understand a phenomenon, you want data. Data can be analyzed and interpreted using statistical procedures to answer “why” or “how.”

Data is used to create new information and knowledge.



Statistics are the results of data analysis and are considered a presentation ready form of data. They represent a method of presenting numerical data. Researchers often need statistics as background or supporting information and to add weight to their research.If you’re looking for a quick number, you want a statistic. A statistic will answer “how much” or “how many”.  Statistics are usually presented in form of tables, charts, graphs etc.





Using Health Statistics