Access and Use of Scientific Information in Health

The Access and Use of Scientific Information in Health course is an initiative of the Latin American and Caribbean Center for Information in Health Science BIREME/ OPS/WHO. It aims to improve performance and promote research autonomy. Each module presents complete content on the topic addressed and can be accessed independently.


Develop technical skills to carry out an efficient search for technical scientific information in the field of health.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
• Identify the main sources of health information.
• Identify the types of studies available.
• Relate information to specific needs.
• Know and apply health terminology.
• Elaborate search expression - resources and syntax.

Target Audience
The course is aimed at professionals and students in the area of health and information who use scientific evidence to support research, practice and decision-making in health, among others.

Duration of the course
40 hours

Self-instructional course, open to the public and with no deadlines to complete.

Programmatic structure
Module 1: Methodological Types of Studies
Module 2: Information Need: Definition and Structuring
Module 3: Information sources
Module 4: DeCS – Health Science Descriptor
Module 5: Construction of Search Expression
Module 6: Advanced Search and Search Fields

Assessment and certification
The course has individual learning activities, content and up-to-date references on the topic covered in each module. The modules can be freely accessed. To issue the certificate, it will be necessary to pass the available assessment, with a minimum of 70% success in the exercises.

Last update: 01/Apr/2024