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Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Class Details

This self-paced, 6-week, online course will introduce basic concepts in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), issues about research into CAM therapies, evaluating CAM information, recommended websites, and researching evidence about CAM therapies. There will be approximately 30 to 90 minutes of work per week. At the end, you will have earned 8 hours of MLA or CHIS CE credit.

Week 1 - Introductions
Week 2 - Terminology and history of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). You have assigned readings, a forum post and response as well as an (open book!) quiz.
Week 3 - Impact and usage of CAM in the United States, the various categories of CAM, and dietary supplements. You have an assignment and a quiz.
Week 4 - Evaluation of research found on websites. You have assigned readings, and an assignment/forum post.
Week 5 - Recommended resources for CAM research. You have an assignment.
Week 6 -CAM on PubMed. You have an assignment.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Aug 6, 2018 to Sep 17, 2018
Dana Abbey, Colorado/Community Engagement Coordinator
George G Strawley, All of Us Community Engagement Coordinator
Continuing Education Credits: 
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.
This class is now closed to registrants.

The goal of this class is to increase understanding of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM). Students will learn the history of CAM and its impact on medical practices. They will learn how CAM is used, how to avoid “bad science” and how to look up evidence of the effectiveness of CAM therapies. This class is offered in person for 2 and 4 CE, and via Moodle for 8CE.  Both classes will include lecture, discussion, and hands-on training.


  • Have knowledge of the definition and types of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM).
  • Have greater knowledge of the history of CAM and its impact on medical practice.
  • Have greater understanding of usage of CAM.
  • Increase confidence in evaluating health websites.
  • Increase skills in avoiding “bad science” found on the Internet or in the news.
  • Become more proficient in searching for evidence of the effectiveness of CAM.

Course Materials

2 CE hour class

4 CE hour class

Continuing Education

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 2 or 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be delivered through the mail at a later date.