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Consumer Health Specialization Classes

Consumer Health Specialization Online Class Description

ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers (4 or 8 MLA CE)

Consumers need access to information and resources about genetic information in a manner that is understandable. Librarians working with the public need to be aware of the issues surrounding genetics and resources to assist patrons in locating and evaluating sometimes complex and confusing information. This class explores basic concepts such as genes and chromosomes and offers an overview of genetic disorders, genetic testing, genetic counseling, and the Human Genome Project. Ethical and legal issues associated with genetic disorders will be covered with regard to privacy, discrimination, and potential legislative impact on medicine and society. A variety of reliable health information resources will be demonstrated, including, but not limited to: Genetics Home Reference,, CHID (Combined Health Information Database), NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders), and MedlinePlus.

Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library (2, 3, or 4 MLA CE)

This hands-on class will cover the information seeking behaviors of consumers. It will also address the recommended core reference collection, as well as databases and newsletters/ periodicals. It will cover the reference interview, disclaimers, and privacy as well as networking with medical librarians. The class will introduce the students to the Medical Library Association and its local chapters. It will describe possible ways to market this service in a community.

Combatting Information Fatigue: Health Information Resources for Veterans (3 MLA CE)

Veterans and their families need reliable health information resources and training to locate health information that is sensitive and pertinent to their needs. This course will cover resources for finding information on general health conditions, mental health resources including those for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), family issues, substance abuse, amputations, support groups and more. Additionally, this class will prepare participants to find and assess other veterans’ health resources.

Grants and Proposal Writing (1-4 MLA CE)

Designed for beginning grant proposal writers, this class presents a general overview of the grant and funding processes as well as the level of detail required in a successful proposal. Each component of the grant writing process will be addressed, including: documenting the need; identifying the target population; writing measurable objectives; developing a work plan, an evaluation plan and dissemination plan.

Health & Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Services (12 MLA CE)

This online course defines the core competencies of providing consumer health information services and then dives directly into the essential skills and knowledge that library staff need to build those competencies. The course starts by preparing you with tools to learn the demographics and health status of people in your community.

Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts?: Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine (2 or 4 MLA CE)

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.

These classes will be offered on a rotating basis during the year and are subject to the coordinator’s travel schedule. Classes are provided using Moodle, an online course management system. The classes are available 24/7 to work at your own pace throughout the open class period. Some classes also have an interactive session using WebEx. Learn more about Moodle.

For more information or to be added to the online class notification list, please contact Jarrod Irwin.