Data Collection and Analysis

We collect, analyze, and disseminate public health data in support of our clients and the research, teaching, and service missions of the College of Public Health.

Data-related services

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Wellmark Repository

The Wellmark Repository includes select administrative claims data and enrollment periods on individuals residing in Iowa and South Dakota who have health care insurance administered by Wellmark.

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Statistical Analysis Services

We provide a variety of data management and statistical analysis services, from simple data preparation support to full time project statisticians. We can help you find and perform the appropriate statistical procedures for your data.

Data-related projects


Iowa Health Fact Book

Funded by IDPH and the College of Public Health
The Iowa Health Fact Book is a biennial publication produced through a collaborative effort between The University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Iowa Department of Public Health. The Iowa Health Fact Book provides a wealth of information pertinent to the health of Iowans.

Iowa Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCEDP)

Funded by IDPH and CDC
The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) receives annual funding from the CDC-developed National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to operate the Iowa Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCEDP). This program provides reimbursement for breast and cervical cancer screenings and limited diagnostic services for program-eligible women age 50 or older who are either uninsured or underinsured. Data are collected on program-specific forms and mailed to the Center for Public Health Statistics for data entry and analysis.

Iowa Get Screened

Funded by IDPH and CDC
The Iowa Get Screened (IGS): Colorectal Cancer Program was established in 2009 by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Housed at the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH), the goal of the five-year program is to reduce the incidence, mortality and prevalence of colorectal cancer in Iowa by increasing the number of men and women who receive colorectal cancer screenings.

Cancer Mapping

Iowa Comprehensive Cancer Control Program Creates New Cancer Maps
The Iowa Comprehensive Cancer Control program, partnered with the Iowa Breast and Cervical Early Detection program to contract with the University of Iowa to create interactive maps showing the incidence, late-stage incidence, and mortality rates for a variety of cancers. The newly-released Iowa Cancer Maps help illustrate areas of the state where risk of dying of certain cancers is higher than the state average and to show trends over time. View the maps.

Point of contact:  Katie Jones, CCC program manager, 515.281.0925,

Iowa Cochlear Implant Center

PI: Bruce Gantz, UI Otolaryngology
Funded by NIH / NIDCD (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
Grant funds allow researchers to continue to identify the factors that determine why some individuals benefit to a greater extent from the implant than others. In addition, researchers work to determine whether two implants enable the user to hear better than one; to develop and evaluate new signal processing for speech perception and music appreciation; and to study the expansion of selection criteria including adults with more hearing and to track the benefit of early implantation in infants.


PI: Bruce Tomblin, UI Communication Sciences and Disorders, and Mary Pat Moeller, Boys Town National Research Hospital
Funded by NIH / NIDCD (National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders)
The OCHL study examined the hearing, speech, language, and psychosocial outcomes of children who are hard of hearing with respect to access to early intervention. The OSACHH study follows OCHL families into elementary school to understand the impact of early intervention on children’s later academic and communication outcomes.

Predictive Modeling

An ongoing institutional research project aimed at predicting enrollment outcomes for incoming undergraduate students at the University of Iowa.

Working at Iowa Survey

Working at Iowa survey results are used to help the University, and our faculty and staff be more productive and effective in achieving our strategic goals and initiatives. CPHS helps compile and summarize the results.


Iowa’s State Partnership Initiative, Bridge to Employment

Funded by Iowa Department of Human Services and Social Security Administration (SSA)
The project was designed to develop strategies to address the state’s workforce shortage through the employment of SSI and SSDI beneficiaries.

Economic Special Studies Center for the United States Renal Data System

PI: Lawrence Hunsicker, UI Internal Medicine
Funded by NIH-NIDDK (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases)

GIS Workbench Project

PI: Gerry Rushton, UI Geography
Funded by NIH-NCI (National Cancer Institute)
This research will develop and test a methodology for identifying regions of excess cancer burden for breast and colorectal cancer in Iowa. It will refine measures of geographic access to cancer prevention, treatment, and screening services in Iowa by computing values using fine-scaled geographic data on individuals, the spatial choices of individuals, and the locations of services providers.

CanCORS – Cancer Care Outcomes Research and Surveillance Consortium

PI: Robert Wallace, UI Epidemiology
Funded by NIH-NCI (National Cancer Institute)
The goal of the special study is to use Instrumental Variable (IV) techniques to assess whether patient survival rates can be increased by increasing adjuvant therapy treatment rates for early stage non-small cell lung cancer (ENSCLC) patients.


Funded by IDPH and CDC
Well-integrated Screening and Evaluation for Women Across the Nation. The Mission of WISEWOMAN is to provide low–income, under– or uninsured 40– to 64–year–old women with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to improve diet, physical activity, and other lifestyle behaviors to prevent, delay and control cardiovascular and other chronic diseases.