Available Until 12/31/2028

Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health*

For more information or to schedule this course, contact the NNLM Training Office at nto@utah.edu 

This course is designed to teach public health professionals and librarians to use National Library of Medicine resources in order to find reliable health information and data related to population health and Healthy People 2020. Introductions to MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj will be covered.

There are five sections in this course:

  • Population Health and Healthy People 2020
  • MedlinePlus: Supporting the Public With Easy-to-Read Consumer Health Information
  • An Introduction to PubMed: Finding Peer-Reviewed and Evidence-Based Public Health Articles
  • Looking for Trends and Partners for Health Services Research with HSRProj
  • Scenario Practices

There are review questions and “Try it Yourself” scenario integrated in the module to provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in this course. In addition, Section 5 is designed for you to apply the knowledge using the presented scenarios.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this training module, you will be able to:

  • Discuss population health and its relation to Healthy People 2020
  • Describe the purpose of MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj databases
  • Identify when to use each database based on the information need
  • Perform basic searching techniques to identify more accurate results


The length of time for participants to take this course is estimated to be 2 hours. The course is developed using Articulate Storyline and offered asynchronously through Moodle. Participates are able to start and stop the course as they wish and their progress will be saved. Each Module is expected to take approximately 25 minutes.

MLA CE Credits: 2