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NN/LM Distance Learning: Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web

This hands-on introduction to consumer health information will cover the information-seeking behaviors of consumers, the basics of, DIRLINE, and other reliable web pages such as those from professional medical associations and advocacy groups. It will cover sites devoted to pharmaceutical information for consumers, drug-interaction databases and herbal information.


Identify selected website useful for answering consumer's health questions, especially:

  • Disease-specific information
  • Drug information for consumers
  • Herbal Information
  • Doctor Finders

Class Materials

Health Literacy

Health and Information Literacy
AMA Health Literacy Video

Toolkits and Resources

Medical Library Association - Health Information Literacy
NN/LM, SE/A Region - Health Literacy Toolkit

Online Tutorials
Information Seeking Behavior of Consumers
Health Associations and LabTests
Drug and Supplements

NLM Resources

Clinical Trials and NIH Senior Health
Genetics Home Referance, Tox Town, and Household Products Database

Cancer Web Resources

National Institute of Cancer American Cancy Society Oncolink

This course is certified for 4 Medical Library Association CE contact hours that can be applied to the Medical Library Association's Consumer Health Information Specialist program.

If you are interested in taking this class, please email Terri Ottosen.

Please note that class size is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the class is full, you will be placed on a waiting list for first access to the next upcoming class when it is announced on the SEA Currents blog.