Public Health Data Challenge 


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The submission period for the Public Health Data Challenge is closed as of 12 p.m. ET, November 12.

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As of 2016,  2.1 million Americans have an opioid use disorder, and drug overdose deaths are now the leading cause of injury and death in the United States. But some of the country’s top minds are working to fight this epidemic, and statisticians are helping to lead the charge. 

Now, it’s your turn. 

In This is Statistics’ second annual fall data challenge, high school and undergraduate students will use statistics to dig into the data and come up with their own ideas to help end this important public health crisis. 

Through this contest, you will put your statistical and data visualization skills to work with a team of your high school or undergraduate peers to help create healthier communities using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Multiple Cause of Death (Detailed Mortality) data set. 

Although not required, teams may identify and utilize external data sets. 

To compete, your team must submit your materials by Monday, Nov. 12.  

Teachers, get your class involved by visiting our educator resource page. 

How Does the Contest Work?  

Teams of 2-5 high school or undergraduate students in the U.S. and Canada can submit an entry. Each team must submit their presentation by 11:59 PM EST on Monday, Nov. 12 to be eligible. Submissions will require a short essay describing the team’s process and presenting their analysis and recommendations via a PowerPoint presentation. 

Awards will be given in three categories (1) Best Overall Analysis, (2) Best Visualization, and (3) Best Use of External Data. 

View the judging rubric.  

Prizes  and Perks 

Winning teams will receive a $50 Amazon gift card, complimentary memberships to ASA, and a Public Health Data Challenge 2018 t-shirt, along with bragging rights and a chance to have an impact on an important real-world issue.   

Winners also will be profiled and promoted to ASA’s membership of leading statisticians and data scientists in academia, industry, business, and government, and through ASA’s public education campaign, This is Statistics. Second and third place winners will also be recognized.  

Download the complete contest rules and requirements here. 


All submissions must utilize the CDC WONDER Multiple Cause of Death (Detailed Mortality) dataset in their assessment.  

Although not required, teams may identify and utilize external data sets, including but not limited to: