Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington
IHME is an independent global health research organization at the University of Washington that provides rigorous and comparable measurement of the world's most important health problems and evaluates the strategies used to address them. IHME's Client services team works with private sector organizations to make use of the data through licensing agreements and custom projects.
Organization Contact
Bill Heisel

Global Burden of Disease (GBD)

IHME strives to improve the health of the world's populations by making available the highest-quality information on population health, its determinants, and the performance of health systems. Transparency is one of IHME's core principles and we are working to help expand access to the raw data that we use in our evaluations.

IHME Client Services is a social enterprise within the University of Washington, which promotes and licenses IHME's population health data to private sector organizations.

Steps Required to Obtain Data
Visualize and interact with IHME's data through the use of interactive tools.

GBD data is made available through GBD Compare. This data visualization tool allows users to analyze the world's health levels and trends in the most recent set of annually published results. Users can use maps, plots, treemaps, arrow diagrams, and a dozen other charts to compare patterns and trends in causes and risks over time, to explore the health profile within a country by age and sex; to compare countries with one another; or to explore regional or global trends. Users can drill from a global view into country views including subnational details for some countries; can examine how disease patterns have changed over time; and can explore which causes of death and disability are increasing and which are decreasing. GBD Compare is the GBD's most comprehensive visualization, displaying data from the widest range of GBD components.

The GBD Results Tool allows the user to query and download in a CSV file the indicators from the most recently published annual GBD. Users can select a specific subset of results according to different dimensions including indicator, cause, risk, location, age, and year.

Disease expenditure (DEX) visualization tool:
Explore US health care spending for 155 conditions for the years 1996 through 2013. Use the interactive Sankey diagram, treemap, and pyramid chart to analyze trends by age, sex, type of care, and condition. New in Nov 2017: view how different factors drove changes in spending.
On average, how long does it take to access the data?
Accessing data from IHME's major health suites can vary depending on the type of data need or request. Data can be downloaded from the tools within a matter of seconds. The time it takes to receive custom data requests requiring additional analytic work may vary.
Population, Public Health & Social Services
Originating Data Source
Primary data collection, verbal autopsy
Intended End User
General Public
Data Type
Data Format
CSV, XLS format
Additional Processing Required
Is the data identifiable?
Data is Updated
Free of Charge?
IHME's data is made freely available to not-for-profit entities. IHME's Client Services team works with for-profit commercial companies to license access to IHME's data, while providing training and consultative support. Contact IHME Client Services ( to discuss data needs and pricing.