2012 Profile of State Public Health

The ASTHO Profile of State Public Health (Profile) is the only comprehensive source of information about state public health agency activities, structure, and resources. First published in 2007, the Profile aims to define the scope of state public health services, identify variations in practice among state public health agencies, and contribute to the development of best practices in governmental public health. The Profile reports highlight descriptive findings from each survey round.

Check out our Top 20 list of the most significant findings from our latest report!

Full Profile Report

Profile of State Public Health, Volume Three

The full report of the ASTHO Profile of State Public Health, Volume Three, published June 2014, includes the results of the complete survey, as well as analyses by geographic region, population size, and governance classification where relevant. The report compares the results of volume three with those of volumes two and one where relevant.

ASTHO Profile of State Public Health, Volume Three (pdf) [8.5 MB]
The complete report, including profiles of all responding states.

Profile Data by State
Individual profiles of responding states.

Slides of tables and figures* (ppt) [43.5 MB] | PDF [9 MB]
Slide deck with all tables and figures from full Profile report.

*Note: These are large files - users may incur lengthy download times.

US-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) Profile Report

The U.S.-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPI) Profile Report presents data collected from the five territories and freely associated states that responded to the 2012 ASTHO Profile Survey. The report consists of two sections: the first compares the activities performed by the five responding jurisdictions, while the second section provides a profile of each of the five jurisdictions. View report »

Issue Briefs

These issue briefs provide an overview of a number of the content areas in the ASTHO Profile of State Public Health, Volume Three including state health agency governance and structure, activities, the workforce, health information management, quality improvement, and finance.


ASTHO has created a set of five infographics to provide a look at key data from the third edition of the ASTHO Profile of State Public Health. Like the issue briefs, each infographic focuses on an important aspect of the third edition's findings: the state public health workforce, state health agency activities, accreditation and quality improvement in the states, and trends in health information exchange. The final infographic provides a high-level overview of state public health. View infographics »

NACCHO National Profile of Local Health Departments

The National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) publishes the National Profile of Local Health Departments, which complement the state-level data produced by ASTHO. The NACCHO Profile is available at

Information for Researchers

Here we provide the survey instrument and codebook for volume three of the Profile, as well as a master codebook for all three Profile survey rounds to date and other survey materials. Access these materials »

Previous Reports

Using ASTHO's Survey Data

Requests for state public health agency survey data should be directed to Please review ASTHO's data use agreement.