This course was designed for reference librarians and readers who need health statistics. The course emphasizes improved research library service based on an appreciation of the sources, limits and uses of health statistics.
It provides integrated strategies that emphasize the need to go beyond traditional library resources and use health statistics with a full awareness of their potential and limits.
Origin and orientation
The course was developed by a health statistics user with a strong library background gained from working as a specialist in the Library of Congress and applying library methods to a wide variety of consulting, statistical and management assignments. The author also was the director of two federal government statistical offices.
While originally designed for librarians, this updated course has been expanded to help researchers who use health statistics.
The first version of this course was based on the author's book Portrait of Health in the United States, published by Bernan Press.
That version was prepared for the Medical Library Association.
This new version extends the material based on several other projects including work done to prepare the HHS Data Council's Gateway to Data and Statistics.
Questions or comments about the course may be directed to the author.