Health Workforce Minimum Data Set: : Asking the Right Questions


  • Jean Moore DrPH, MSN, FAAN

    Director, Center for Health Workforce Studies, School of Public Health, University at Albany, SUNY

  • Elizabeth Carter, PhD

    Director, DHP Healthcare Workforce Data Center and
    Executive Director, Virginia Board of Health Professions

  • Justin Crow

    Deputy Director, Virginia Department of Health Professionals Healthcare Workforce Data Center


Data Collection, Minimum Data Set (MDS), Workforce Supply


Timely and reliable data about the health workforce is critical to effective health workforce planning. The Health Workforce Minimum Dataset (MDS), developed by the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis, provides guidance on key variables to include in health workforce surveys, including demographic, educational, and practice characteristics. This presentation provides an overview of the MDS, discusses one state’s efforts to integrate MDS questions into a health workforce monitoring system, and provides examples of analyses based on MDS data.


1 hour

Event Date

November 19, 2014