Available Until 10/18/2024

LIS 5631 Health Information Sources*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact Denise Shereff at dshereff@usf.edu

Online, asynchronous course for University of South Floriday graduate students only. This course provides an introduction to printed and electronic sources of health information. Course material is intended for those interested in medical, public, or academic libraries where clients need health-related information.

This course will provide students with basic skills to provide health information services and programs. It is designed for health information providers (librarians, health educators, nurses, social workers, etc.) from a variety of environments, with a particular emphasis on how to serve health information needs of consumers (patients and their families or caregivers). This course is also valuable to public librarians and other information specialists dealing with general patrons or information users.

This course is intended to be an overview of health information resources that can be used in any setting in which the resource is to be used directly by the user (for example, a patient resource center, public library, health fairs, in the community).

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Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, student will:

  •        Understand the responsibilities of health information providers as well as current trends and issues in health information.
  •        Recognize the role of agencies and professional organizations in the role of health information.
  •        Identify and evaluate resources for health information
  •        Assess resources for special populations and environments including: alternative and complementary therapies, resources for chronic disease, gender, and age-related tools, resources for caregivers and health information for minority and ethnic groups.
  •        Explore trends in consumer health informatics related to customer education, knowledge management, research and development.


Course offered aynchronously, January 8 - May 2, 2024. 

MLA CE Credits: 24