Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Primary contact information...
HAM-TMC Library
1133 John Freeman Blvd
Houston , 77030-2809
United States
Karen Vargas is the primary contact.
Phone: 800.338.7657
Fax: 713.790.7030
Resource URL:
Region: South Central

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: Computer Literacy & Web Familiarity
CE Contact Hours: 3 in-person or 4 onlin
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services
Subject: Consumer Health
Course Type: Face to Face, e-Learning, Hands-on, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: To help consumers meet their health 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 Libarians and Consumer Health Librarians to excellent resources that can help the health consumer find the information needed.

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