Health Literacy: Understanding the Fundamentals

Category: Public Health Professional


This course is designed to review the fundamentals of Health Literacy including why it’s important, the concept of universal precautions, and best practices. This course will also demonstration several free resources that can help with health literacy.


Intended Audience


Medical professionals, public health workers, first responders, students, and librarians looking to assist the public health and healthcare community find free information on prescription and OTC drugs.


Learning objectives

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

    • Describe personal and organizational health literacy.
    • Define universal precautions for health literacy.
    • Identify three resources that you can use to address health literacy.

Pre-requisites/Learning Level

No pre-requisites

Competencies addressed

Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Domain 6: Public Health Science Skills
  • 6B5. Retrieves evidence (e.g., research findings, case reports, community surveys) from print and electronic sources (e.g., PubMed, Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, The World Health Report) to support decision making.




Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts

Nora Barnett, Outreach Specialist, Network of the National Library of Medicine Greater Midwest Regional Office.  Greater Midwest Region

Technical requirements

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements

Register a free account

Creation and/or update

Released August 2021