Institute for Public Health Practice at the University of Iowa

Prescription and Over the Counter Drugs: Supporting Patients with Evidence Based Information

This is an all levels course offering CPH — Free
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3-5 minutes


1.00 hour


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This course is designed to demonstrate how resources for the National Library of Medicine can be used to help the public health and healthcare community find free information on prescription and Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

Reviewers say, "This is a well-done training in terms of the content provided and the presentation of content."

What You'll Learn

  • Describe some current challenges related to prescription and OTC drug use in the USA using authoritative statistical sources.
  • Find information about safety and adverse effects of common drugs and chemicals in lactating mothers using LactMed.
  • Retrieve FDA prescription drug labels using DailyMed.

Competency Terms

Public Health Science Skills

Related Occupations

Other Physician
Public health - multiple occupations will benefit
Student - Professional & Scientific

Related Job Tasks

Improve and innovate public health functions through ongoing evaluation, research, and continuous quality improvement
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