School of Library and Information Studies

Workshops Winter 2015

LIS 598 Consumer Health Information


Audience: This workshop will be of interest to Health Information Professionals

Dates Offered: April 17, 18, 19 (13 hours);
                        Friday 6-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-12noon

Instructor:  Dr. Tami Oliphant, Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Studies

Course Goal: This course investigates the growing need for individuals, families, and communities to access, make sense of, and use health information as greater responsibility for health care decision-making is placed on the public. The course will examine concepts of health; user information needs, seeking, and use; professional consumer health literature; current trends and issues; and information services and resources for diverse health care needs.

Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

    • Recognize and understand human health as a resource for everyday living and the complex health contexts underlying health information needs, seeking, and use;
    • Identify the challenges of providing relevant consumer health information to users of all ages, from different backgrounds, and in various settings;
    • Understand the broader context of consumer health information provision including health literacy, ethics, barriers to information, and health disparities;
    • Identify and evaluate types of resources (both online and offline) that people use when they access, seek, and use health information;
    • Develop an understanding and overview of consumer health information and sources and current trends in consumer health, particularly as they pertain to information providers.