Training in health literacy, plain language, and culture and communication is essential for anyone working in health information and services. Whether you are new to these topics, need a refresher, or want to train your entire staff, the following courses are a good place to start.
You will also find curricula and materials to help train and educate adults about health, communicating with healthcare professionals, and finding reliable information sources.
Please send your comments and suggestions about other training courses or needs.
Training from CDC
CDC offers five online health literacy courses for health professionals. We recommend that you take the introductory course “Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals” first and “Writing for the Public” second. The other courses can be taken in any order, depending on your interests.
- Health Literacy for Public Health Professionals (free continuing education)
- Writing for the Public (printable completion certificate)
- Using Numbers and Explaining Risk (printable completion certificate)
- Creating Easier to Understand Lists, Charts, and Graphs (printable completion certificate)
- Speaking with the Public (printable completion certificate)
CDC also offers a consumer and patient communication skill-building module, Good Questions for Good Health. It encourages question-asking and provides strategies for formulating and asking questions before, during, and after medical appointments. The Toolkit includes a presentation, presentation notes, skill building activity, take-home handout, and an evaluation form.
Listen to Dr. Rima Rudd, health literacy expert, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, explain health literacy.
Many organizations and people all have a part to play in improving health literacy in our society.
- Page last reviewed: September 1, 2015
- Page last updated: September 1, 2015
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