Sensitive Health Data

The Health and Retirement Study strives to provide high quality data without compromising respondent confidentiality. Since respondent health data records contain particularly sensitive information, such data products are released to researchers who qualify for access only through a supplemental registration system. Product availability, application steps, and download instructions are described below on this page.

Available Data Products

Venous Blood Study (VBS)

NameDocumentationRelease DateLink
Venous Blood Study (VBS) 2016
(Early V1.0)
Dec 2017More Info

Biomarker Data

NameDocumentationRelease DateLink
Biomarker Data 2014
(Early V1.0)
Dec 2017More Info
Biomarker Data 2012
(Final V1.0)
Apr 2015More Info
Biomarker Data 2010
(Final V1.0)
Apr 2015More Info
Biomarker Data 2008
(Final V1.0)
Apr 2013More Info
Biomarker Data 2006
(Final V1.0)
Apr 2013More Info

The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS)

Tracker File

NameDocumentationRelease DateLink
The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Cross-Wave Tracker File
(Early V7.0)
Dec 2010More Info

Wave Data

NameDocumentationRelease DateLink
The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave D
(V8.0)
Apr 2013More Info
The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave C
(V8.0)
Apr 2013More Info
The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave B
(Early V6.0)
Oct 2009More Info
The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave A
(Early V6.0)
Oct 2009More Info

Diabetes Study

NameDocumentationRelease DateLink
Diabetes Study 2003
(Final V2.0)
Apr 2007More Info

Health and Well-Being Study (HWB)

NameDocumentationRelease DateLink
Health and Well-Being Study (HWB) 2009
(Early V2.0)
Oct 2015More Info

Prescription Drug Study (PDS)

NameDocumentationRelease DateLink
Prescription Drug Study (PDS) 2007
(Final V1.0)
Mar 2011More Info
Prescription Drug Study (PDS) 2005
(Final V1.0)
Nov 2008More Info

Telomere Data

NameDocumentationRelease DateLink
Telomere Data 2008
(Final V1.0)
Dec 2013More Info

Access Information

Downloading the Data

How to Apply

  1. Create an account on the HRS User Registration/File Download Web site, if you don't already have one
  2. Download and complete the Sensitive Data Access Use Agreement
  3. Submit the Sensitive Data Order Form
  4. If you did not attach your Agreement in Step 2 to the Order Form in Step 3, send a signed copy of the Agreement via email to hrsdatareq@umich.edu.
  5. You will be notified when access to download the files has been granted

The Approval Process

The Health and Retirement Study will review your request, and based on the information that you provided when you registered at the HRS Data Download System Web site, verify your identity and institutional affiliation. Once this authentication process has been completed to our satisfaction, we will authorize access to the desired data set(s). We will communicate with you at the email address that you provided when you registered at the File Download Web site.

Download Instructions

  1. Once you receive your approval notification, login at the HRS Data Download System Web site.
  2. In the HRS Special Access Files box on the right hand side of the page you will now see links to the data set(s) that you have requested.
  3. Click on the appropriate link and follow instructions to download the file(s) you need.

Access via the MiCDA Enclave

If you have access to HRS Restricted Data in the MiCDA Enclave (physical or VDI), submit the Sensitive Data Order Form to have the data added to your Enclave user profile.