Guidelines for Selecting and Writing Easy-to-Read Materials

1.0 Continuing Education Credit Hours


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 realistic objectives to determine relevant content, along with mind mapping is discussed in this module. Principles and examples for plain language writing style, organization and appearance and design of materials are also presented.


  1. Define plain language and why it is important when writing health materials.
  2. Describe factors to consider when determining your reader's wants and needs.
  3. Describe how to set objectives and determine essential content when writing health materials.
  4. Identify the key elements of using a plain language writing style.
  5. Describe how to effectively organize written material so it is easy-to-read.
  6. Identify design elements that are integral to easy-to-read materials.

Online Module

When completing the on-line module you will be presented with learning objectives, brief cases, questions for reflection (not scored), and interactive lessons with hyperlinks to engage you along the way. Once you complete the lessons, you will be presented with the Module Evaluation and then the Post Test (which requires a score of 70%), followed by the opportunity to print your Continuing Education Certificate. Modules remain available for your future reference once you have completed them.