Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Primary contact information...
12-077 Center for the Health Sciences
Box 951798
Los Angeles CA , 90095
United States
Kelli Ham is the primary contact.
Phone: 800.338.7657
Resource URL:
Region: Southern California and Arizona

Description: This 3-hour in-person course or 4-hour online course serves as an introduction to consumer health. Students learn the information-seeking behaviors of consumers and learn the basics of searching MedlinePlus, and other reliable web pages such as those from professional medical associations and advocacy groups.

Experience Level: Beginning
Continuing Education Experience: Familiarity with computers and the Internet
CE Contact Hours: 3 in-person, 4 online
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services
Subject: Consumer Health
Course Type: Face to Face, e-Learning, Hands-on, Specialization, RML Offerings - Moodle course

Educational Objective: To help consumers meet their health information needs on topics such as: Disease and condition specific information Drug Information Herbal Information


Introductions – 10 minutes
Health Literacy – 10 minutes
Evaluating Websites – 10 minutes
MedlinePlus – 15 minutes
Other MedlinePlus resources- 15 minutes
Disease specific information – 30 min.
Drug and Herbal Information – 10 min.
Reference interview practice– 10 minutes
Evaluation and Certificates – 10 minutes

Need for This Course: Health Consumers are becoming more and more responsible and accountable for their own health care. This class introduces Public Librarians and Consumer Health Librarians to excellent resources that can help the health consumer find and evaluate relevant information.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Demonstration, Slides, Discussion, Role Playing, and Hands-on Exercises.

Participant Materials: handouts, powerpoint, brochure, practice questions, online tutorials (in the online version)

Facility Requirements: For in-person, basic requirement: computer, projector, screen. Internet is helpful. For online version: high-speed Internet, speakers, adobe flash

Additional Evaluation: MLA evaluation