We Hail Geriatric Education Modules

Health Literacy

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CNE: 1.20
    • CPH: 1.00
    • TSBSWE: 1.00
    • UNTHSC: 1.00
    • Physicians: 1.00
    • Counselor: 1.00
    • PT: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Sep 18, 2017
  • Expires: Sep 18, 2019
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • System Requirements:
  • Average User Rating:
    (14 Ratings)


Michael S.  Wolf Michael S. Wolf, PhD
Professor, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics

Needs Statement

Healthy People 2010 defines health literacy as “The degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions.” More simply, the NIH says health literacy “Saves Lives. Saves Time. Saves Money”. This presentation explores the impact of health literacy and identifies strategies to facilitate disease management in individuals with limited health literacy.

Target Audience

This activity was planned to address the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, physical therapists, social workers, public health professionals and licensed counselors.


  • Describe health literacy in the context of personal health and explain how this skill set determines an individuals’ self-care competencies.
  • Apply the principles of health literacy to a new illness context in order to deconstruct the patient role in disease self-management.
  • Identify 4 health system targets of health literacy interventions and how they could be deployed in an ambulatory or acute care health system.
  • Explain how emerging health technologies could both facilitate individuals with limited health literacy as well as exacerbate known disparities.



UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1.20 Contact Hours.


This activity is approved for 1.00 credit(s) accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.


This activity is approved for a maximum of 1.00 Clock Hours for Social Workers.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 1.00 hour of participation.


The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1.00 hour of AOA Category 2B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care

IOM Competencies

  • Provide patient-centered care


University of North Texas Health Science Center is an approved provider, number 2022, by the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors. This activity is approved for 1.00 CEU credit/1.00 clock hours.


UNT Health Science Center is accredited by Texas Physical Therapy Association, Provider 1810035TX. This activity is approved for 1.00 CCU for PTs and PTAs.

For successful completion, a participant must attend the program, complete the evaluation, and request credit online at conclusion of the activity.

The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

Faculty Disclosure

Michael Wolf, PhD discloses he receives consultant fees from ABInbev, Luto UK, Merck and Astellas. Dr. Wolf receives research support from Merck, Eli Lilly, Amgen and Abbvie. This activity does not include any diagnostic or treatment recommendations and therefore, no conflict of interest has been detected.   The UNT Health Science Center Professional and Continuing Education staff have nothing to disclose.


Data collected as part of this activity may be analyzed as part of educational research to study the effectiveness of interventions. This project is included under UNTHSC IRB protocol #2017-056.