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Evidence-Based Practice Online Course Available


This asynchronous course is designed to introduce health and information professionals to the principles of Evidence Based Practice (EBP) including the steps of the EBP process, understanding the literature of evidence, and an overview of epidemiological concepts.  Recorded lectures, independent readings, assignments, and threaded discussions provide an opportunity for assimilation, interaction, and exchange of ideas.  The final capstone assignment integrates all of the concepts learned throughout the course.  Formative feedback will be given on all course assignments.

It will take approximately 20-30 hours to complete the course.  Consider reserving 3 hours of dedicated time per unit for optimum benefit.   The course is approved for 21 Medical Library Association (MLA) Continuing Education credits.


An experienced group of University of Illinois at Chicago instructors from the Library of the Health Sciences, Department of Pediatrics, and Department of Medical Education will lead the course.  They are:  Sandy DeGroote, MLIS; Jo Dorsch, MALS; Carmen Howard, MSLS; Jordan Hupert, MD; Ryan Rafferty, MLIS; Alan Schwartz, PhD; and Peg Burnettte, MLIS (UIUC Library). Course instructors will be available by e-mail to answer questions or provide guidance.


Access to the course is through UIC’s Blackboard system. Once you are registered you will receive a temporary UIC NetID and password for access.  If you are in a hospital environment, you should check with your IT department to determine if there are firewalls that would interfere with your ability to access all aspects of the class.  You will also need:

  • Internet Access
  • Word or Open Office
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Windows Media Player or comparable media software

A short tutorial is available for those not familiar with Blackboard.

All readings will be available from the course site.  There is no required text, but having one of these texts for reference is recommended:

1.  Straus SE, et al.  Evidence-Based Medicine:  How to Practice and Teach EBM
2.  Badenoch D, Heneghan C.  Evidence-based Medicine Toolkit
3.  Glaxziou P, et al.  Evidence-Based Practice Workbook.

4.     Guyatt G., et al. Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature.  Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice.


  • Cost is $150.00, which represents a reduced rate made possible by the support of the NN/LM Greater Midwest Region.**
  • The course runs from August 5 – September 13, 2013.
    Registration deadline is July 8.
  • The course is limited to 25 registrants.
  • To register:  Send email to with your name (full legal name including middle name or initial), email address, gender, and date of birth.  This information is required to establish access to the course site.  Send a check for $150, made payable to the University of Illinois at Chicago to:  EBP Online – Emama Muhlim, UIC Library of the Health Sciences, MC 763, 1750 W. Polk St., Chicago, IL 60612

For additional information, email Jo Dorsch or Carmen Howard

**This project has been funded in whole or in part with federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services under Contract No. NO1-LM-6-3503.

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