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Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines

Class Details

This November session of "Health Issues in the Headlines" is a free asynchronous class on the Moodle learning platform. The class will be available starting November 1 and will close at the end of the day on November 30. The readings and assignments are all in Moodle and will take about 4 hours of your time depending on such factors as your familiarity with Moodle, your knowledge of the subject, or additional reading you may want to do. Assignments involve participating in discussion forums which attendees are expected to participate. Contact me if you have any questions.

Class Date:
Region/Office: National
Nov 1, 2017 to Nov 30, 2017
Carolyn Martin, MLS, AHIP, Consumer Health 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.

Dark chocolate, red wine, and stem cells - what do these have in common? All have been reported in the news as having health benefits. Often the first place your patrons will hear about health issues is in the media. This interactive, hands-on CE course will introduce participants to the environment of health reporting. Participants will learn about how health is reported in the news as well as how to evaluate the accuracy and validity of science and health stories. The impact of celebrity illness will also be discussed. By the end of this course, participants will be better equipped to help their patrons look more critically at health issues that are being reported in the news media. Actual news articles and research reports will be included for critique.


    At the end of this class, participants will be able to:

    • describe the environment of medical reporting;
    • gain a deeper level of knowledge of the origins of health news stories, including the impact of celebrity illness;
    • gain an understanding of the responsibilities of scientists in conducting and describing their research to the public; and
    • know how to critically evaluate health news stories and the research reports on which they are based.

    Class Handout (November, 2017): Health_Issues_Headlines_handout.pdf