HCI 360 Healthcare Information Seeking and 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. Prerequisites: HCI 310 with a grade of C or higher, or permission of the instructor. Previously HCTM 390.


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