Mortality, Multiple Cause of Death File (MCOD)

Topic/focus: Vital Events
Year(s): 1968 - 2010
Source: National Center for Health Statistics
Study and sample characteristics: Raw data from vital records
Universe: Deaths occurring within the United States
Variables: Varies by year
Access: Publically available
Cost: Free
Key web links: CDC: Vital Statistics
Primary Institutional Contact: EDRC Coordinator (

Summary: The MCOD File contains information on multiple causes of death, underlying cause of death, and demographics for all deaths occurring within the United States in a given year. Death information is coded according to the International Classification of Diseases.