Available Until 5/16/2023

Evaluating Research in the Health Sciences Literature (CE502)

Go to MLA ’20 to register!

Saturday, May 16, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cost: $265 (nonmember: $490)
Attendance maximum: 25

This course gives you the skills you need to evaluate research and assess quantitative and qualitative studies on their own merits. You’ll learn how to identify and evaluate basic health science research methods and their use, apply data literacy concepts, and incorporate your new skills into your work with clinicians, faculty, and students. Part of the course is devoted to fundamentals and part to hands-on analysis of case studies. The course ends with a journal club exercise.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basic kinds of quantitative and qualitative methods that are used in health science research.
  • Critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative studies in the health sciences literature and practice.
  • Practice applying data literacy concepts to research during hands-on activities.
  • Apply the course knowledge in their jobs as librarians when helping clinicians, faculty, or students identify and evaluate research for reliability.


Abraham Wheeler, AHIP, Liaison to the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Flint Research Groups, Department of Biostatistics & Epidemiology and the Masters in Global Health. He designs and teaches the EBM curriculum thread content at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Abe has built a four-year medical school curriculum that integrates EBM, biostatistics, research methods, and journal clubs. He also serves as a peer reviewer for Osteopathic Family Physician.

Chana Kraus-Friedberg has been a health sciences librarian at the Michigan State University Libraries since June 2017. She received her Ph.D. in archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008 and her Masters in Library Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 2017. Prior to coming to work at MSU, she also worked at the Health Sciences Library at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Carin Graves is a Social Science Librarian at Michigan State University. In this position she liaises with the School of Social Work, the School of Criminal Justice, the department of Sociology, and the department of Human Development and Family Studies. She received her MA in Social Science from the University of Chicago and her MLS from Indiana University at Bloomington.



MLA CE Credits: 4