HCI 360 Healthcare Information Seeking and Evaluation • 3 Cr.

Class title change starting Summer 2021

Seeking & Evaluating Digital Health Information • 5 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.

Description starting Summer 2021

Do you find yourself googling your healthcare symptoms? So do 65% of the population! This course will help you understand the theory and methodology behind every search. We look at what compels a patient or provider to seek healthcare information. What if they don't find what they're looking for? How can the healthcare system provide pathways to quality information sources for the health information consumer? This and more is yours to discover in this course. Prerequisite: Admission to any baccalaureate program at Bellevue College.


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