Iowa Public Health Data

Data Requests

Confidential and implied confidential data may be requested from IDPH, but require an agreement for release. All data agreements are coordinated through the Data Management Program.

Summary data which are not considered implied confidential may be released without an agreement. For summary data, please contact the appropriate program area. 

Separate processes exist for research and non-research related confidential or implied confidential data requests. Please use the left navigation menu to access more information about each process. To determine if you request is considered research, please review the document below.

Public Health Practice vs. Research

Questions about data requests can be sent to RERC@idph.iowa.gov

Data Confidentiality

Confidential Public Health Information, Record, or Data: A record, certificate, report, data, dataset, or information which is confidential under federal or state law. This includes reportable disease information. As a general rule, public health records which contain personally identifiable information of a health-related nature are confidential under Iowa law.

Implied Confidential Public Health Data: A data which can be used to indirectly establish the identity of a person named in a confidential public health record by the linking of the released information or data with external information which allows for the identification of such person.

For more information about the release of confidential or implied confidential IDPH data, please refer to the IDPH policy below.

Disclosure of Confidential Public Health Information, Records, or Data Policy

For more information about Public Health Data, please call (515) 725-2179 or use the Contact Us system to submit a question online.