World Health Organization Collaborative Cross-National Study

The Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey is a WHO collaborative cross-national study that monitors the health behaviours, health outcomes and social environments of school-aged children every four years. HBSC Ireland surveys school-going children aged 9-18 years. The study is conducted by the HBSC Ireland team, based at the Health Promotion Research Centre, University of Galway.

In addition to disseminating HBSC findings in various publications HBSC data can be accessed as follows:

Open Access to HBSC Survey Data

The data portal contains three rounds of data (2001/2002, 2005/2006 & 2009/2010). 

The portal can be accessed through the HBSC Data Management Center.

The HBSC Data Management Center is based at the University of Bergen in Norway and Professor Oddrun Samdal is the HBSC International Data Manager.

The WHO European Health Information Gateway and Statistics App

The WHO European Health Information Gateway provides an interactive source of HBSC data.

HBSC findings are available as a smartphone application. The WHO European health statistics application provides easy access to data. It is searchable by country and a wide range of health topics, and connects to the WHO data gateway.

HBSC Ireland Short Reports

The HBSC Ireland team can prepare short reports for interested groups. The team responds to requests from voluntary, community and statutory groups for specific analyses of the HBSC Ireland dataset(s).

In order to request a specific short report, please download and complete the 'HBSC Short Report Request Form'  and forward to the HBSC Ireland team at  Once we have received your request we will contact you to discuss your more detailed requirements. All short reports completed will later be made available via this website.