Investigating Health Information Literacy Assessments and Efforts for Students Taking Health Care, Nursing and Medical Courses: An Abbreviated Review of the Extant Literature


  • Kimberly N. Howard



Information Literacy, Health Information Literacy, Health Care Training, Nursing Training, Medical Training


Health information literacy is a skill set that is being formally evaluated and included in the curriculum of

health care, nursing and medical students. While health information literacy is referenced in many different

types of articles, the assessments and interventions related to it vary greatly when considering the academic

or public landscape. The aim of this paper is to review and summarize the existing literature related to health

information literacy measurement tools and efforts to valuate and or improve the skill sets of students in

the institutional environment. The review will also consider how health information literacy is defined and

evaluated in the academic environment in comparison to how it is defined and measured when considering

the general public.

Author Biography

Kimberly N. Howard

Associate in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2025 E. Newport

Ave. Milwaukee, WI, 53211