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SLIM Master of Library Science – Concentration in Health Information Professionals

Learn the fundamentals of health sciences librarianship

MLS- Health Information Professionals

Program Description

In this concentration, students will learn the fundamentals of health sciences librarianship and are able to customize this concentration by selecting between a number of electives. This concentration is designed for all students interested in building their knowledge and skills in the area of health information science and management, regardless of the specific library settings (i.e., the concentration is applicable for students who plan to work in public libraries, academic libraries, special libraries, and other information organizations).

A solid theoretical base + current practical skills = Dynamic curriculum

The goal of the SLIM MLS program is to prepare creative problem solvers who will provide proactive client-centered services in information agencies. To meet this goal, the curriculum is designed to provide the following dynamic mix of courses:

  • Core theory courses provide the foundation from which students learn the skill sets necessary for the library and information management profession.
  • Tools courses provide instruction on how to catalog and classify information, retrieve and repackage information, diagnose information needs, plan and evaluate information services, and use print and electronic information sources.
  • Applications courses amplify and extend the themes identified in the theory courses and focus on information transfer, global information infrastructure, management, and technology.
  • Elective courses are devoted to current issues in the profession and a capstone experience provides an opportunity to synthesize the educational experience in preparation for entering the field.

SLIM faculty teach all of the required theory courses in the curriculum and most of the elective offerings. SLIM hires qualified practitioners to teach certain elective courses that match their areas of expertise. In this way, SLIM students receive a quality education experience grounded in theory and in touch with the latest and best practices in the field.

Since many of their classes involve working with practitioners in the field, SLIM students benefit from outstanding opportunities for professional networking. More than 3,300 alumni across the country and around the world make a great job search network.


The online Master of Library Science program is a 36-credit hour degree program fully accredited by the American Library Association.

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Program delivery designed for non-traditional students

Many students are drawn to SLIM because it offers a unique opportunity for non-traditional students. To meet the needs of its students, SLIM offers most of its MLS courses in a non-traditional format. All courses are facilitated online.

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Concentration Curriculum

Course Requirements

To earn a concentration, students must complete 9 credit hours of prescribed coursework. A 9 credit hour concentration would apply towards the 14 credit hours of electives required for the MLS degree.

LI 881 Health Sciences Librarianship (3 hours)

Must Take Two of the Following Courses:

LI 800 Introduction to Informatics (3 hours)

LI 819 Information Retrieval (3 hours)

LI 828 Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response for Information Professionals (3 hours)

LI 833 Resources and Services for Diverse Populations (3 hours)

LI 886 Consumer Health Information (3 hours)

Complete MLS Curriculum

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