Project Description

The Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) are the main source of information on health in the developing world. IPUMS-DHS is designed to facilitate analysis of DHS data across time and space.

IPUMS-DHS is modelled, in part, on other Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS) projects created at the Minnesota Population Center and used by over 100,000 researchers around the world.

IPUMS-DHS adds value to the original DHS samples in the following ways: variables are coded consistently across countries and over time; web-based search and discovery tools display variable availability across surveys; documentation is organized on a cross-survey, variable-specific basis; and researchers can merge files and create customized datasets using a web dissemination system, at no cost.

The current version of IPUMS-DHS includes data on women respondents, with some household information from linked household files, on the young children and all births of women respondents, and on members of randomly sampled households.

Advisory Board


The Integrated DHS project is a collaboration of the Minnesota Population Center and ICF through the U.S. Agency for International Development-funded Demographic and Health Surveys Program. IPUMS-DHS is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Countries included in IPUMS-DHS, May 2019