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Sherrilynne S00 Fuller
LIS 528
Seattle Campus

Health Sciences Information Needs, Resources, and Environment

Characteristics of users of health sciences information; health professionals, researchers, consumers and patients; environments (academic health sciences centers, hospitals, clinics, and public libraries); evaluation of information resources in health care; types and uses of health information management systems; policy issues, professional standards, education, and certification. Offered: jointly with MEBI 570.

Class description

At the conclusion of the course the student will be able to: 1)describe components of the healthcare environment and identify several key healthcare information systems and policy issues 2) evaluate key health reference, information resources and tools in the context of specific user needs 3) develop a methodology for studying the information needs of a particular group of health professionals and for creating a specialized information service to meet those needs 4)identify sources for correctly determining the most appropriate health databases or information resources to answer a particular question compare and contrast the information needs of health sciences researchers, educators, clinicians, administrators, health consumers and patients. 5) discuss types of health sciences literature, peer review, the publication process and challenges to responding to scholarly communications issues 6) discuss the values, activities and professional issues of health sciences librarians and other health information professionals

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lectures and presentations by instructors as well as by health sciences librarians, and other health professionals; class discussions of assigned readings; demonstrations of a variety of information resources and tools in current use in health sciences libraries and healthcare settings; student use of print resources, databases and other online resources to acquire familiarity and expertise in support of course objectives.

Recommended preparation

see: http://faculty.washington.edu/sfuller

Class assignments and grading

Written reports, reading, in class discussions as well as final paper researching information needs and characteristics of a specific group of health professionals (or health consumers).

Means of Evaluating Student Performance Graded course. Evaluation will be based upon:

* Assignments - 25% * Class participation (discussion of readings and assignments) and attendance - 25% * Research Paper (mutually agreed upon topic) (35%) and Presentation to Class (15%) - 50%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Sherrilynne S00 Fuller
Date: 01/13/2006