Modules

Following are short descriptions of the content for each of the Modules in the Health Literacy Distance Education Program.  They are provided as a guide in selecting continuing education that is most applicable to your professional interests in health literacy. 

Length: Each module is approximately one hour long.

Certificate of Completion:  Upon completion of each module, you will fill out a brief evaluation, take a post test, and receive a printable Continuing Education Certificate.  A correct score of 100% is required on the post test to receive credit and the module certificate.  You may review the module while completing the post test if necessary.

Module Sequence:  We recommend that you complete the Core Module first, "Health Literacy, It's Time to Take It Seriously," then proceed with other modules that best fit your needs. 

Review: Completed modules remain available in your account for review and reference in the future.


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This module should be completed first by all participants.

1.0 contact hour or continuing education unit

This module is an introductory overview of health literacy. Included in the discussion is what we mean by low health literacy, the results of the 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAA ... (Read More)

The following modules provide training focused on individual behaviors, functionality in the healthcare environment, and personalized care.

1.0 contact hour or continuing education unit

With the ever increasing diversity of cultures in this nation, we need to be cognizant of how to be effective with verbal communicates as well as making materials which are culturally appr ... (Read More)

1.2 contact hours or continuing education units

Getting your message across and therefore providing responsive patient care is a primary goal in the understanding of health literacy.  In this module you will learn how to assess a person ... (Read More)

1.4 contact hours or continuing education units

This module builds upon the information provided in the Nuts and Bolts of Patient Adherence Module by sharing strategies for effective patient-centered teaching and counseling that improves adh ... (Read More)

1.5 contact hours or continuing education units

This module will identify major barriers and issues to adherence with self-management of chronic disease. Participants will learn about the differences between compliance, adherence, and thera ... (Read More)

1.7 contact hours or continuing education units

Before starting this module, we recommend you first complete the companion module, Just What the Doctor Ordered: Improving Patient Adherence Through Engagement, for insight into patient empower ... (Read More)

1.25 contact hours or continuing education units

This module will help you become familiar with the many influences and changes that can affect one's ability to process and navigate health information in the later years. The changes encompass ... (Read More)

1.2 contact hours or continuing education units

This module will help you determine whether a patient or family has a literacy problem. A discussion of whether or not to test a person for reading ability and comprehension is presented. Tool ... (Read More)

The following modules provide training focused on writing effective health materials.

0.9 contact hour or continuing education unit

Knowing what your intended reader needs and wants is essential for the development of easy-to-read materials. The best way to find this out is to ask them! This module explains why audience r ... (Read More)

1.0 contact hour or continuing education unit

This module discusses the use of plain language to help professionals clearly write understandable health education materials.  Defining the intended audience's wants and needs and setting ... (Read More)

1.1 contact hours or continuing education units

All readability formulas measure reading difficulty from two features:  average sentence length and average word length.  Determining the reading level of a piece of health informatio ... (Read More)

The following module provides training from an institutional perspective.

0.0 contact hour or continuing education unit

Once you've mastered the basics of communicating verbally and in writing in plain language, the question may be, "How can I make a difference for low-literacy persons served by my organization? ... (Read More)