Northwest Center for Public Health Practice at the University of Washington

Searching and Summarizing the Literature

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


1.00 hour


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The scientific literature on effective interventions is a key tool for evidence-based public health. This 1-hour module will explain systematic reviews of scientific literature and introduce you to important resources for finding practice-relevant studies.

This is module 5 of the Evidence-Based Public Health Training Series. It is meant to stand alone, but you may also take it together with the other modules in this series to receive a certificate in Evidence-Based Public Health.


Reviewers say, "Use the Course Guide to try searching the databases yourself (but excuse the PHpartners link)."

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the process used in systematic reviews and identify key sources
  • Become familiar with resources that assist in searching and summarizing the scientific literature

Competency Terms

Analytical/Assessment Skills

Related Occupations

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

Related Job Tasks

Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems