Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
NNLM SEA, University of Maryland, Baltimore
Health Sciences and Human Services Library
601 W Lombard St
Baltimore MD , 21201-1512
United States
Terri Ottosen is the primary contact.
Phone: 410-706-2855
Fax: 410-706-0099
Resource URL:
Region: Mid-Atlantic

Description: This 4-hour online course serves as an introduction to consumer health information resources on the Internet and will cover concepts related to health literacy, the information-seeking behaviors of consumers, the basics of, and other reliable web pages, such as those from professional medical associations and advocacy groups. It will cover sites devoted to pharmaceutical information for consumers, drug-interaction databases and herbal information.The course includes hands-on exercises and discussion forums.

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

Educational Objective: Participants will: Identify information-seeking behaviors of consumers and selected web sites useful for answering consumer's health questions, especially: National Library of Medicine resources Disease-specific information Drug information for consumers Herbal Information


4-week Moodle version (4 MLA CE):

This course consists of 4 modules. The length of time to complete each module is variable, but each week’s reading and required work should take between 1-2 hours. The course will be open for 4 weeks of instruction and at least one additional week for review. The modules are:

Week 1: Consumer Health Information Basics and NLM Resources
•	Health Literacy
•	Health information seeking behaviors of consumers and patients
•	Evaluation health information
•	MedlinePlus and other NLM consumer health resources
•	Discussions

Week 2: Quality Health Information (non-NLM)
•	Other quality health websites
•	Cancer information 
•	Health-related associations and lab tests
•	Discussions and activities

Week 3: The Reference Interview and Hands-on Practice with Resources
•	Practice with specific resources
•	Practice with reference questions

Week 4: Practice with Real-life Reference Questions
•	Practice questions
•	Discussion

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

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Discussion, Hands-on Exercises, and Other.

Participant Materials: Lecture readings, practice questions, online tutorials

Facility Requirements: For this online course, students must have access to the Internet, with up-to-date browsers. Students will need to register for an account with the NNLM Moodle course management system.

Additional Evaluation: MLA evaluation

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