HCTM 390 Healthcare Information Seeking & Evaluation • 3 Cr.


Covers theory and practices related to health information seeking and evaluation. Includes determination of information needs by healthcare professionals and consumers, conversion of a given information need into a searchable question, selection of appropriate search tools, conducting the information search, and evaluating search results. Prerequisite: HCTM 310 and admission to HCTM BAS program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe theoretical models of health information seeking by healthcare professionals and lay persons
  • Convert unmet information needs to searchable questions
  • Practice methodologies for conducting health information searches
  • Utilize search tools appropriate to the question and user
  • Evaluate reliability and validity of information search results
  • Critically evaluate information found in response to an information need
  • Determine appropriate ratio of retrieved to relevant resources obtained