Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Thursday, December 15, 2016

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 information resources on the Internet. The in-person course includes hands-on exercises and group discussion, and the online course includes hands-on exercises and discussion forums. Students learn about health literary and the information-seeking behaviors of consumers. They will learn the basics of searching MedlinePlus and become familiar with other reliable health websites such as the National Institutes of Health, 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: Participants will: Understand the health information seeking behaviors of consumers Gain skills in searching MedlinePlus Be familiar with other high quality information sources for diseases and conditions, drug information, and other health topics Obtain reference skills to help consumers with health information questions


3-hour In-person Agenda (3 MLA CE):

Introductions – 10 minutes
Health Literacy – 10 minutes
Evaluating Websites – 10 minutes
MedlinePlus – 30 minutes

Other NLM resources - 30 minutes
Disease and other topic-specific information – 30 min.

Lab tests, Drug and Herbal Information – 15 min.
Reference interview practice– 30 minutes
Wrap-up, Evaluation and Certificates – 15 minutes

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, 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 required; hands-on computer workstations for participants is advised. For online version: students must have access to the Internet, with up-to-date browsers.

Additional Evaluation: MLA evaluation