Chinese Health and Nutrition Survey

Published: 18 May 2020| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/36c3jrdpbs.1
issam khelfaoui


The China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS) started in the year 1989. The survey had the goal of creating a multilevel method of data collection from both individual and Chinese households. This collecting method had the aim of understanding all sorts of economic and social changes affecting nutrition and health outcomes in China. Though the survey started in 1989, it covers up to the year 2015. In this survey in-depth study and collection of new household formation and community data, was made. CHNS includes data on a total of three autonomous (Beijing, Chongqing, and Shanghai) cities and twelve provinces (Jiangsu, Liaoning, Guangxi, Guizhou, Heilongjiang, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shandong, Yunnan, and Zhejiang). The in-depth sampling measure of this survey allowed for the construction of multiple urbanicity measures. These measures were used and studied in multiple types of research either jointly or separately. The remaining of the data could be obtained on demand from its official website : Please use the following acknowledgment in all publications resulting from use of the China Health and Nutrition Survey data: This research uses data from China Health and Nutrition Survey (CHNS). We thank the National Institute for Nutrition and Health, China Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Carolina Population Center (P2C HD050924, T32 HD007168), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the NIH (R01-HD30880, DK056350, R24 HD050924, and R01-HD38700) and the NIH Fogarty International Center (D43 TW009077, D43 TW007709) for financial support for the CHNS data collection and analysis files from 1989 to 2015 and future surveys, and the China-Japan Friendship Hospital, Ministry of Health for support for CHNS 2009, Chinese National Human Genome Center at Shanghai since 2009, and Beijing Municipal Center for Disease Prevention and Control since 2011.



University of International Business and Economics School of International Trade and Economics


Nutrition, Rural Economics, Health, China, Urbanization, Household