Searching and Summarizing the Literature

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1.5 CHES Credits 1.25 Nursing Contact Hours 1.5 CPH Recertification Credits Certificate of Completion

Judy Smith

Judy Smith, MSLIS

Judy Smith is a liaison librarian the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan  (U-M) where she serves as the liaison to the Department of Health Policy and Management in the School of Public Health, and U-M's Institute for Health Care Policy and Innovation.   She also provides services to the North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) where her primary liaison areas there include Technology Transfer, the Business Engagement Center, Business Development, and NCRC administration.   Judy previously served as the Virtual Library Services Coordinator within the Entrepreneurial L

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Course Details

Target Audience

Public health and community health professionals-nurses, health educators, social workers; students in allied health; anyone interested in learning more about conducting a systematic review and evidence-based public health practices.


  • Plan an effective search strategy by identifying potential resources and appropriate search terms.
  • Evaluate search results and individual studies.
  • Recognize the value of systematic reviews and where to find them.

Continuing Education Credits and Completion Certificates

1.25 Nursing Contact Hours (CNE)

1.5 CHES Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH)

1.5 CPH Recertification Credits

Certificate of Completion

The Michigan Public Health Training Center at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nursing contact hours for this activity will expire on December 31, 2018.

The Michigan Public Health Training Center is a designated provider (ID# 99038) of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. 

The Michigan Public Health Training Center is a pre-approved provider of CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

Planning Committee

Judith E. Smith, MSLIS; Mary Kushion, MSA; Phoebe Goldberg, MPH, CHES; Judith Compton, MS, MAT; Susan Frazier-Kouassi, PhD; Kathleen Duggan, MPH, MS, RD; Julie McCallum, MPH, RN.

Conflict of Interest

All instructors have reported no conflicts of interest related to this activity. All activity planners have reported no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.


The project was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the Prevention Research Center-St. Louis at Washington University. The project based at University of Michigan’s Prevention Research Center of Michigan (PRC-MI) and Michigan PHTC is one of four across the country working to tailor and develop this training for local health departments. The original course was developed by Dr. Ross Brownson and colleagues, the CDC, and the World Health Organization.

Funding was made possible (in part) by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Health Professions.

Technical Information

This course is can be viewed on the Kaltura tool.  For technical specifications of this tool, visit the following link,



Evidence-based public health is a decision making process used to determine the best intervention strategy for a given problem, population and resources. Types of evidence utilized in evidence-based public health include reviews of scientific literature, public health surveillance data, program evaluations, and qualitative data. This webcast will demonstrate effective search strategies to identify relevant resources for public health practice. Systematic reviews, the Community Guide, and PubMed and other sources will be covered. In addition, how to organize and summarize these studies for a variety of reporting purposes will be presented. Sample searches will focus on Michigan-specific public health needs.


Carol Shannon, MA, MPH, Liaison & Information Services Librarian, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan.


Judy Smith, MSLIS, Liaison Librarian, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan.

Kate Saylor, MSI, Outreach Coordinator and Liaison Librarian, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan.