2021 Summer Workshop: Introduction to the Health and Retirement Study

June 7-11, 2021
Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques

The Health and Retirement Study Summer Workshop is intended to give participants an introduction to the study that will enable them to use the data for research. HRS is a large-scale longitudinal study with more than 20 years of data on the labor force participation and health transitions that individuals undergo toward the end of their work lives and in the years that follow.
The 5-day workshop will be online again this year. Content lectures delivered by HRS co-investigators and content area experts on basic survey content, sample design, weighting, and restricted data files will be available on the course website for viewing any time. In addition, each content lecturer will participate in a Zoom meeting with the class to answer questions about their lecture. The majority of each day will be devoted to data training workshops in which participants learn to work with the data including the user-friendly RAND version of the HRS data and the Gateway to Global Aging project data, which harmonizes data across HRS international sister studies.

The data training portion assumes some familiarity with SAS or STATA.

Cost and Access

The cost of the 5-day course is $550. Participants must have access to a laptop or PC. We will provide a remote desktop connection to allow participants to access SAS and Stata. We will contact all registered students with more details on computing in late May.


For more information, or to register, visit the Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques website. Look for the course called Introduction to the Health and Retirement Study.


For course related questions, please contact Amanda Sonnega at asonnega@umich.edu. For questions related to registration, please use the contact form on the Summer Institute page.