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Training in health literacy is essential for anyone working in health information and services. Whether you are new to health literacy, need a refresher, or want to get your entire staff trained, the following courses are a good place to start.

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Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals

(Source: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

  • Description: The purpose of this training is to educate public health professionals on the importance of health literacy and their role in providing health information and services and promoting public health literacy.
  • Length: 1.5-2 hours
  • Continuing Education: The continuing education credits offered for this course are as follows; 1.25 CME for physicians, 1.25 CME attendance for non-physicians, 1 CNE for nurses, .1 CEU for other professionals, 1 CHES for certified health education specialists and .1 CPE for pharmacists.
  • Cost: Free

A Physician's Practical Guide to Culturally Competent Care

(Source: HHS Office of Minority Health)

  • Description: This is a self-directed training course for physicians and other health care professionals with a specific interest in cultural competency in the provision of care.
  • Length: Not provided
  • Continuing Education: The training offers a maximum of 9.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits and 9.0 contact hours for nurse practitioners.
  • Cost: Free

Effective Communication Tools for Healthcare Professionals

(Source: Health Resources and Services Administration)

  • Description: The purpose of the Unified Health Communication training is to improve health care professional’s ability to communicate with patients and overcome barriers that can keep patients from taking their medications properly, unnecessary emergency room visits and hinder full benefit of the quality care you provide. This course also will help you acknowledge cultural diversity, address low health literacy and accommodate low English proficiency.
  • Length: It is estimated to take a total of 5 hours to complete modules 1-5.
  • Continuing Education: This training offers 3 Category I CECH in health education
  • Cost: Free

Additional Health Literacy Training

Culture and Health Literacy Modules

(Source: University of Minnesota School of Public Health 2011)

  • Description: This online course discusses how inequalities in health information contribute to health disparities and what communities can do to close the gap and improve health literacy.
  • Length: Not provided.
  • Continuing Education: Not provided.
  • Cost: Free

Health Literacy Workshop

(Source: National Education Association 2001)

  • Description: This online workshop helps educators at all grade levels learn how to build health literacy across curricula areas and where to go for additional training.
  • Length: 1.5 hours
  • Continuing Education: Not provided.
  • Cost: Free

Health Literacy and Public Health

(Source: New York-New Jersey Public Health Training Center)

  • Description: This training introduces the concept of health literacy, provides strategies for considering literacy when creating public health messages for the general public and provides strategies for considering literacy in direct public health services to the public.
  • Length: Not provided
  • Continuing Education: This training offers 3 Category I CECH in health education; 3 contact hours in nursing continuing education; 3 hours in Category One CME
  • Cost: Free


Adult Education Teaching and Training Materials for Health
(Source: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy 2007)

These materials are designed for adult education teachers and professional development staff. Teaching materials are guides for classroom activities that teachers can use to develop adult students’ literacy skills and knowledge of particular content. Training materials are guides for professional development activities, such as study circles, that help teachers develop their own knowledge and skills in a specific area.

World Education Health Literacy Curricula Collection
(Source: World Education)

World Education has collected links to many health literacy curricula for a variety of learners and learning objectives. Two sections include links to curricula for teaching health literacy skills to adult learners and the general public. A third section includes training for literacy and health professionals to better address health literacy in their settings.

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