HRS Offering its Week Long Workshop in December

Introduction to the Health and Retirement Study is offered every year in June as part of the SRC Summer Institute. Due to overwhelming demand, the program will begin to offer the workshop semi-annually. The same workshop that is offered in June will now also be offered in the first week in December.

December 6-10, 2021

The Health and Retirement Study 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. 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 STATA. SAS code for all exercises will be provided as well.

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 temporary site license for Stata for those who need it. We will contact all registered students with more details on computing in November.


Please email Patricia Gregory at for information on how to register.


For course related questions, please contact Amanda Sonnega at