Evaluating Research in the Health Sciences Literature

Date of Live Instructor-Led Sessions: July 12 & July 19, 2021, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., central time.


Do you wish you felt better equipped to help students, faculty, or health care providers identify reliable research? This course takes you beyond using pyramids of evidence to evaluating quantitative and qualitative research. You will learn how to identify and evaluate basic health sciences research methods, apply data literacy concepts, and incorporate your new skills into your work with practitioners, faculty, and students. The course will include practical examples, leading to a journal club at the end of the session.

You’ll have homework after the first session and opportunities for discussion and questions of instructors during/after the second session.

All participants will be enrolled in the Slack course workspace to introduce themselves, ask questions and share.

Attendance maximum: 25

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.


This session is for all librarians who may liaise with health science and related disciplines including medicine, nursing, and social work. It is geared towards a beginner to intermediate audience.



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.

Registration Information

  • Length: Two part course that includes (2) 2.5 hour live instructor-led sessions + practice lessons
  • Dates of Instructor-Led Sessions: July 12 & July 19, 2021, 1:00pm–3:30pm, Central Time
  • Technical information: Go to MY Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the course, live sessions, resources, evaluation and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 6 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.

MLA CE Credits: 6