Health Literacy & Public Health: Introduction

Course Summary

1. Title: Health Literacy & Public Health:

2. Keywords/Themes:

Course Description:

This training:


Introduces the concept of health literacy.


Dispels common assumptions about people with low literacy.


Presents the consequences of low health literacy.


Describes public health activities with a health literacy

This training is
the first of two that address health literacy and public health. After
completing this training, it is recommended that you enroll in Health
Literacy & Public Health: Strategies for Addressing Low Health Literacy

This training
contains four sections. The content and activities demonstrate how the public’s
literacy skills affect interactions with medical and public health staff.

Intended Audience: General

5. Learning Objectives:

After completing the course, the learner will
be able to:

  • Define
    fundamental literacy.
  • Define
    health literacy.
  • Describe
    how health literacy relates to public health.
  • List
    the four domains of health literacy.
  • Give
    an example of each of the four domains of health literacy.
  • List
    some coping strategies people use to compensate for their low literacy
  • List
    some groups that are more likely to be less literate.
  • List
    some reasons why people may have low literacy.
  • List
    the consequences of low health literacy for individuals.
  • Describe
    why people, regardless of literacy skills, may fail to understand health
  • Give
    examples of how low literacy affects the essential services of public

Pre-requisites/Learning Level: No Pre-requisites

7. Competencies addressed:

8. CEUs Offered:

1.5 Category I CECH in Health Education

Sponsored by the School of Public Health, University and
Albany, SUNY, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours
(CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education
Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education
Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES)
to receive up to 1.5 total Category I contact education contact hours. Maximum
advanced-level continuing education contact hours available are 1.5.

1.5 Contact Hours in Nursing Continuing

The University at Albany School of Public Health is an
Approved Provider of continuing nurse education by the Northeast Multi-State
Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's
Commission on Accreditation.

This offering is approved for 1.5 nursing contact hours.

1.5 Hours in Category One Continuing Medical
Education Credit towards the AMA/PRA Physician's Recognition Award

The School of Public Health, University at Albany is accredited
by the Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) to provide continuing
medical education for physicians.

The School of Public Health, University at Albany
designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA
Category 1 Credits™
. Physicians should claim only the credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

2 Hours in New Jersey Public Health CE Credits

This activity is sponsored by the Rutgers School of Public
Health, and has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health. This
program is designated for the participant to receive 2.0 CE credits. Approval
number: CE #10504

To receive NJPH Credits for this course, please email your certificate of
completion to Carl Donaldson,

1.5 Hours in Continuing Education Credits

General continuing education credits.

9. Cost: Free

10. Modality/format: Online Self-Pace

11. Length: 1 hour

12. Presenter(s) and/or Content

13. Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

14. Registration requirements: Register a free account

15. Creation and/or update: January 24, 2014