Tiffany B Kindratt

National data sets allow students to practice data analytic skills while answering meaningful research questions. This open educational resource was developed to train future public health professionals in conducting secondary data analysis of national health surveys using SAS statistical software.

SAS software was selected because it is one of the most commonly used software programs in public health departments and academia. The book includes details on how to analyze public-use data from five common national health surveys, including the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS), Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and National Health and Nutrition and Examination Survey (NHANES). All datasets and corresponding syntax files are available from the Open ICPSR Data Repository.