From Snake Oil to Penicillin: Evaluating Consumer Health Information on the Internet

MLA Course
Listing Archived: Wednesday, December 31, 1969

Primary contact information...
NN/LM Southeastern Atlantic Region
University of Maryland, Baltimore
601 West Lombard Street
Baltimore MD , 21201
United States
Terri Ottosen is the primary contact.
Phone: 410-706-2855
Fax: 410-706-0099
Resource URL:
Region: Mid-Atlantic

Description: This hands-on course will describe why it is important to evaluate health websites. Participants will be given criteria for how to evaluate health information on the Internet. Available as web-based as well as face-to-face. For the web-based version, (an online, asynchronous, instructor-led class using Moodle), contact Terri Ottosen via the Resource URL.

Experience Level: Beginning
Continuing Education Experience: None
CE Contact Hours: 3
Professional Competencies: Health Sciences Information Services
Subject: Consumer Health
Course Type: Face to Face, e-Learning, Hands-on, Specialization, RML Offerings

Educational Objective: Objectives Learn how to evaluate health information sites on the internet using the following criteria: * Accuracy * Authority * Bias * Currency * Coverage


Types of websites
Five criteria for website evaluation

Need for This Course: This course is eligible for the CHIS specialization. It is an important basic course surrounding the issue of health information literacy.

The instructional methods used include Lecture, Demonstration, Slides, Discussion, Brainstorming, and Hands-on Exercises.

Participant Materials: Hand outs, lists of questionable and quality health web sites.

Facility Requirements: Requires instructor computer and projector as well as computers for hands-on by class participants. All should have internet access. Classroom seating is preferred.

Additional Evaluation: None

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