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HCUP Data Use Agreement Training
This Web-based training tool explains important requirements for the use of HCUP data.
HCUP Data Use Agreement (DUA) Training

All purchasers and users of HCUP data must complete the HCUP Data Use Agreement (DUA) Training Course and sign an HCUP DUA before receipt of the data.

This Web-based training course outlines important terms of the DUA. The course will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The purpose of the course is to:
  • Emphasize the importance of data protection
  • Reduce the risk of inadvertent violations
  • Describe your individual responsibility when using HCUP data.
After completing the training course, you will receive an HCUP DUA Training Course certification code. Please retain this code for your records; it will be required to purchase or gain access to HCUP data. New users will not be required to take the course more than once.

To launch either the interactive version or the Section 508 compliant version of the HCUP DUA Training course, please click on one of the links below.

If you are having difficulty, please contact for assistance or call HCUP User Support at 1-866-290-HCUP.

HCUP Data Use Agreements:
  • Data Use Agreement for the Nationwide Databases (PDF file, 85 KB; HTML)
  • Data Use Agreement for the State Databases (PDF file, 87 KB; HTML)

Responsibilities of the HCUP Data Purchaser:

As an HCUP database purchaser your responsibilities extend beyond those of a data user. You will be required to acknowledge these terms as part of the application process.
  • Responsibilities of the Data Purchaser (PDF file, 33 KB; HTML)

Intended Use of HCUP State Databases:

All requests for State Databases require a "Statement of Intended Use". Please consider preparing this narrative before initiating your order. A guide is provided below. If you do not provide all of the information required, the processing of your request will be delayed as the AHRQ reviewers seek additional clarification.

Each application for and approval of HCUP data is project-specific. If you have previously purchased HCUP State data and wish to use the data for a purpose other than that originally approved, you must submit a "Data Re-use Request" to the HCUP Central Distributor for review and approval by AHRQ before work may begin on the new project.
  • Guide for Preparing the Statement of Intended Use for State Databases (PDF file, 45 KB; HTML)
  • HCUP State Data Re-Use Request (PDF file, 67 KB; HTML)

Internet Citation: HCUP Data Use Training. Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). June 2019. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.
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Last modified 6/19/19