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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 on this page.


Sensitive Health Data Products


Data Collection Year Dataset Name Field Period Latest Release
2014HRS Candidate Gene Cognition and Behavior File (Final V1.0)-Dec 2014
2014HRS Candidate Gene Longevity File (Final V1.0)-Dec 2014
2012HRS-dbGaP 2006-2008 Cross-Reference File (Final V1.1)-May 2012
2006Biomarker Data 2006 (Final V1.0)Mar 2006 – Feb 2007Apr 2013
2008Biomarker Data 2008 (Final V1.0)Mar 2008 – Feb 2009Apr 2013
2010Biomarker Data 2010 (Final V1.0)Feb 2010 – Nov 2011Apr 2015
2012Biomarker Data 2012 (Final V1.0)Apr 2012 – Apr 2013Apr 2015
2003Diabetes Study 2003 (Final V2.0)Oct 2003 – Aug 2004Apr 2007
2009Health and Well-Being Study (HWB) 2009 (Early V1.0)Oct 2009 – May 2010Sep 2012
2005Prescription Drug Study (PDS) 2005 (Final V1.0)Aug 2005 – Mar 2006Nov 2008
2007Prescription Drug Study (PDS) 2007 (Final V1.0)Oct 2007 – Sep 2008Mar 2011
2008Telomere Data 2008 (Final V1.0)Mar 2008 – Feb 2009Dec 2013
2001The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Cross-Wave Tracker File (Early V7.0)Aug 2001 – Dec 2009Dec 2010
2001The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave A (Early V6.0)Aug 2001 – Jan 2004Oct 2009
2002The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave B (Early V6.0)Nov 2002 – Apr 2005Oct 2009
2006The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave C (V8.0)Jun 2006 – May 2008Apr 2013
2008The Aging, Demographics, and Memory Study (ADAMS) Wave D (V8.0)Jan 2008 – Dec 2009Apr 2013

How to Apply

  1. If you have not already done so, register at the HRS Data Download System Web site.
  2. Download and complete this Sensitive Data Access Use Agreement in hardcopy format.
  3. Download and complete this Sensitive Data Order Form in hardcopy format.
  4. Send a signed copy of these two documents...
    1. via email (PDF) to:
      HRS Data Requests (hrsdatareq@umich.edu)
    2. via surface mail to:
      Health and Retirement Study
      DUA Review Committee
      426 Thompson Street
      Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-2321

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.