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My name is Amy, and I'm a medical librarian, working in a hospital library. I have my Master's in Library and Information Science, and have had several years of training and experience finding, evaluating, and teaching about health information. I spent 2 years as a National Library of Medicine Associate Fellow (post-graduate), where I learned a lot about consumer health. I'm excited about the P2PU model, and after taking courses the last 2 sessions, I felt it was time to contribute my own course back to the community in an area where I've got a little expertise. The beauty of the P2PU model is that it becomes really easy to learn from people all over the world as we share our unique experiences and backgrounds, and I'm excited to both share what I know and to learn about new resources as you take the tips I give you and apply them yourselves in ways I never thought about.
If you have any questions for me, feel free to post them in the comments! And you can learn more about me (like my other interests in ultimate frisbee and good beer) here:
According to the Pew Research Center, "Eight-in-ten internet users look online for health information, making it the third most popular online pursuit among all those tracked by the Pew Internet Project" (http://pewresearch.org/pubs/1875/internet-health-topics-accessing-update...).
Today, more and more people are seeking out health information on their own, becoming active participants in their own (and their families') health care. And more and more health information is easily available on the internet. Unfortunately, not all of it is accurate, up-to-date, and/or appropriate. This course is designed to help you, as online "consumer health information" seekers, better navigate the rich world of internet health resources.
Who is an online consumer health information seeker?
Throughout the course, we'll "meet" as a group on a regular basis to discuss various health information concepts, including health literacy, how to evaluate health information websites, specific online resources, personal health records, and finding health information on the social web (Twitter, Facebook, etc.). We'll focus on free and open resources, in the spirit of P2PU, from organizations like the National Library of Medicine. There will be exercises to help you become familiar with the material, a small "final project" to capture what you've learned, and a community of your peers who can contribute to and support your health information searching beyond the P2PU classroom.
A couple important notes:
By the end of this course, you will be able to: