Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a national landline and cell phone-based survey collected monthly through state health departments. The data collected by BRFSS includes a variety of behavioral health risk factors including substance use and abuse, diet, physical activity, driver safety, vaccinations, disease screenings, physical injuries, and many more. In Georgia, BRFSS collects both state level data and data for three metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas (MMSA). 

Age Groups


There is a separate Youth Behavior Risk Surveillance Survey

Current Data Format

Excel, text file, SAS 

Comparable to National Dataset?

Yes - CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Data Owners

Georgia Department of Public Health

Strategic Data Need

Knowledge, attitudes, and health behaviors (alcohol use, cardiovascular disease, general health, health care access, tobacco use, and more)


Comparable across states, 2014 methodology maintains representativeness/coverage/validity while reducing potential for selection bias with new weighting


Self-reported, modules depend on funding


Georgia Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), Georgia Department of Public Health. Available at