Take part in a data collection projects in astronomy, biology, climate, and more. Identify African Animals, categorize whale songs, or analyze real cancer data. Each project offers a quick and easy tutorial, proving that participating in important science research is not just for white-coats in the lab.
Overseeing many federal public health agencies, the Centers for Disease Control offers a portal to health data on hundreds of topics. Click on a topic of interest, then look for "reports" put out about the topic. These reports will contain data, analysis, and references to larger data sources.
The WHO offers up data and analysis on topics in international health. Use the "Global Health Observatory" (in the upper gray box) to locate the type of data, maps, or reports you want to find.
Use Statistics Responsibly
When using statistics, ensure you're using them responsibly. Rather than look for numbers to confirm what you already believe, ask yourself an open ended question, and then find the numbers to answer that question one way or another--and not necessarily the way you expected. Not sure? Ask your professor--or a librarian.