Health Literacy & Public Health: Introduction

Category: Health Literacy

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 perspective.

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:


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 skills.
  • 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 information.
  • Give examples of how low literacy affects the essential services of public health.

Pre-requisites/Learning Level:

No Pre-requisites

Competencies addressed:

CEUs Offered:

CNE Credits offered until February 28, 2022. CHES, CME, and CPH credits offered until March 31, 2024




Online Self-Pace


1 hour

Presenter(s) and/or Content Experts:

Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Speakers

Registration requirements:

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Creation and/or update: March 30, 2021