Online Resources to Support Evidence-Based Practice on Population Health

Category: Public Health Professional

There are five sections in this course:

  1. Population Health and Healthy People 2020
  2. Medline Plus: Supporting the Public With Easy-to-Read Consumer Health Information
  3. An Introduction to PubMed: Finding Peer-Reviewed and Evidence-Based Public Health Articles Surveillance
  4. Previewing Ongoing Research With HSRProj
  5. Scenario Practices

There are review questions and “Try it Yourself” scenario integrated in the module to provide you with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills presented in this module. In addition, section 5 is designed for you to apply the knowledge using the presented scenarios.

Intended Audience

Public health professionals interested in advancing their ability to locate reliable health information. This may include public health nurses, community health workers, academic researchers, policy makers, and epidemiologists.

Learning objectives

At the end of this training module, you will be able to:

  • Discuss population health and its relation to Healthy People 2020
  • Describe the purpose of MedlinePlus, PubMed, and HSRProj databases
  • Identify when to use each database based on the information need
  • Perform advanced searching techniques to identify more accurate results

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Domain 1: Analytical/Assessment Skills

  • 1A4. Uses information technology in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information.

CEUs Offered

1 hour of MLA CE (Medical Library Association)




Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Derek Johnson, MLIS

Technical requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

Register a free account

Creation and/or update

Released April 2017

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