Recommended Health Websites

We've selected the following websites because they offer reliable information and useful features. They are sponsored by reputable organizations and are for the most part non-commercial.

As you explore health topics via the internet, please keep in mind that many websites are not reliable and that no website is a substitute for the advice of licensed medical professionals.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Alphabetized health topics, traveler's health, immunization, news alerts, journals.
  • - MyPlate Plan helps you personalize a food plan that targets specific food groups.
  • Everyday Health - Reliable information and useful tools, e.g. to manage chronic health conditions.
  • Family Doctor - Self-care guide, body mass index calculator, "search by symptom," self-care, when to see a doctor, drug information, website reviews and a family practitioner directory. From the American Academy of Family Physicians.
  • Go Ask Alice! - Health question and answer service by the Health Promotion Program at Health Services, Columbia University.
  • HealthFinder - Alphabetical health topics, "check-ups" to assess health and practices, medical dictionaries, encyclopedias, journals, directory of health organizations from the US Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Healthy Heart Score - Calculate your risk for having a heart attack or stroke in the next 20 years and get personalized advice on how to lower your risk, sponsored by the Harvard School of Public Health.
  • Mayo Clinic - Alphabetical health topics, information about treatment decisions, drugs and supplements, assessments, calculators for BMI, calories and target heart rate.
  • Medical Library Association - Recommends health websites, some by topic, and offers guidelines for evaluating websites.
  • Medfusion  - Download Medfusion Plus for Apple or Android devices—most doctors offer a “patient portal” where you can see lab results, make appointments and send messages to your physicians.
  • MedLinePlus - Extensive info including interactive tutorials provided by the US National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health.
  • Women's - A gateway to women's health information resources, with alphabetical health topics, in both English and Spanish, calculators, immunization information, online screenings.
  • - Collects state, local, and federal health resources. Alphabetical health topics, in both English and Spanish.
  • - Instructions for administering medicines, form for keeping track of your medications, from the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
  • UM Taubman Health Sciences Library - A fantastic collection of electronic health resources, some of which you need a UM Kerberos password to access.
  • WebMD - Alphabetical health topics, "symptom checker", drug and herb look-up, newsletters, quizzes, calculators, self-assessments and guides to help you manage your health.