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Professional Development

Consumer Health Course List

  • Courses approved for CHIS are listed below, with the CHIS competencies each addresses.
  • Click on a course title to see its listing in MEDLIB-ED, which includes instructor contact information. If there is no link, the course is approved for CHIS but no longer offered. If the link is bad, CHIS approval has expired. Please contact the MLA's Professional Development Department for more information.
  • If you attend an educational activity that is not listed below OR that does not indicate CHIS competencies its description in  MEDLIB-ED and would like to have it considered for your application, please fill out an Individual Participant Request (IPR) form.

CHIS Competencies Legend

Required for Level 1

C1 - Know the Community

C2 - Know the Health Consumer 

C3 -  Knowledge of Subject Matter and Resources 

C4 -  Evaluation of Health Information 

C5 - Communication, Reference, and Instruction

Required for Level 2, in addition to Level 1 requirements

C6 -  Literacy and Health Literacy

C7 - Technology and Health

C8 - Ethical and Legal Issues


Use the CHIS Competencies Tracking Grid to ensure that you take courses in the required competencies. 

Current as of 10/14/2021

NLM is reconfiguring its webpages. If the link to an NLM course you are interested in doesn't work, please go here to find more information: (8/30/21)


C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8
ABCs of DNA: Unraveling the Mystery of Genetics Information for Consumers x x x x
Activate, Collaborate and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community x x
Beyond an Apple a Day: Providing Consumer Health Information at Your Library x x x x x x
Beyond the Binary: Health Resources for Sexual and Gender Minorities x x x x x
Caring for the Mind: Providing Mental Health Information at Your Library x x x x x for Librarians x x x x x
Community-Based Health Information x x x x x x x x
Consumer Health Collection Management x x x x
Consumer Technology to Manage Personal Health Data x x x
DNA to Z: Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing x x x
Drug and Chemical Information - On Demand x x x
Effective Health Communication and Health Literacy: Understanding the Connection x x x
End of Life Care: Planning, Information and Discussion x x x
Food for Thought: Exploring Nutrition Information Resources x x x
Foundations of Citizen Science/Libraries as Hubs for Citizen Science x x
From A(norexia) to Z(its): Providing Health Information to Teens x x x x
Fundamentals of Medical Librarianship* x x x x x x x x
Getting Started with Information Outreach in Your Community x x x
Getting the Right Information to Patients Using MedlinePlus Connect x
Health & Wellness @ the Library: The Essentials of Providing Consumer Health Service  x x x x x x x x
Health Issues in the Headlines: Learning to Read Between the Lines x x x
Health Literacy on Demand x
Healthy Aging at Your Library: Connecting Older Adults to Health Information x x x x x
Helping Patients and Health Care Consumers Understand Precision Medicine  x x x
C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8
Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices x x x
Link Your Community with Health Information: Resources for Community Health Workers x x x x
Making Sense of Numbers: Understanding Risks and Benefits x x
MedlinePlus for Librarians and Health Educators x
MedlinePlus for Public Librarians x
Precision Medicine: Geneology to Genetics x x
Precision Medicine: What Is It and Why Should I Care x x
Prescription and Over the Counter Drugs: Supporting Patients with Evidence-Based Information-On Demand x
Providing Multilingual and Multicultural Health Information x x
PubMed Essentials x x
Rural Health Resources x x
Serving Diverse Communities: Accessing Health Information in Multiple Languages x x
Serving Diverse Communities: Building Cultural Competence and Humility into the Workplace x x
Serving Diverse Communities: Finding Data on Health Disparities x x
Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community x x x x x x x x
The Consumer Health Library: A Site for Service, Education, and Hope x x x
The Importance of Digital Literacy and Its Impact on Understanding Health Information x
Tips and Tools for Closing the Digital Health Divide x x x x x
Understanding the Opioid Crisis: Where do I Begin? x x
Wellness in the Library Workplace x x
Wikipedia + Libraries: NNLM x x x x
Will Duct Tape Cure My Warts? Examining Complementary and Alternative Medicine x x x x

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