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Prescription for Success: Consumer Health on the Web


This online only class is an introduction to consumer health information and will cover concepts related to health literacy, the information-seeking behaviors of consumers, the basics of, 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 information-seeking behaviors of consumers and selected web sites useful for answering consumer's health questions, especially:

  • National Library of Medicine resources
  • Disease-specific information
  • Drug information for consumers
  • Herbal Information

Course Materials


Continuing Education

Upon successful completion of this class, each participant will receive 4 hours of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association (MLA). This course is on the list of approved courses for the MLA Consumer Health Specialization Program.

Course Developer

Terri Ottosen is the former Outreach and Education Coordinator for the NNLM SEA.

Class Length: 
4 Weeks
Ashley Cuffia, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health Coordinator
Continuing Education:
This class is eligible for Consumer Health Information Specialization continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association.

Past Classes

There are no archived recordings of this class