Research, Reports, and Analysis

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The Office of Epidemiology, Surveillance, and Evaluation (OESE) is responsible for producing much of the analytical research and reports on the health of the community. These reports can be for specific diseases of public health importance, such as COVID-19, influenza (flu) or for specific issues such as the opioid epidemic, or for broad topics such as all-cause mortality in Harris County. The analysis found here are intended to inform the public and policymakers alike.

OESE conducts epidemiological surveillance for Harris County (excluding the City of Houston). The office studies and enhances disease monitoring systems to better detect threats to public health, develops analyses and reports to inform leadership and the public, and evaluates the various public health programs within Harris County Public Health (HCPH). In addition, the Office houses the Institutional Review Board for the Department.

Here are a few of the important studies and county data projects that OESE has developed. Clicking the links below will take you to the landing page for each report:

  • Leading Causes of Death in Harris County 2016-2020
  • COVID-19 HUB
  • Harris Cares