Sherrilynne S00 Fuller
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.
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.
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%