Post-Master's Certificate in Evidence-Based Health Science Librarianship


The Post-Master’s Certificate in Evidence-Based Health Science Librarianship provides the knowledge and skills to be competent in practicing evidence-based librarianship in the health profession. The curriculum consists of the fundamental knowledge of library science and focuses on resources and services in health science librarianship, with a capstone practicum in a health science library or information center. The Post-Master's Certificate program is available entirely online.  

The Post-Master's Certificate is for those interested in becoming:

  • a health science librarian
  • a manager in a health science or nursing facility
  • an evidence-based practicing professional in a health science or nursing facility
  • a faculty member in health science librarianship

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Apply professional ethics and competencies in acquiring, organizing, delivering, and preserving information and knowledge.
  2. Demonstrate evidence-based practice in professional decision-making.
  3. Deliver community-embedded services to promote equity and social justice, and meet the needs of diverse constituencies.
  4. Apply technologies to meet information needs in a variety of contexts.
  5. Disseminate professional knowledge through venues such as teaching, research, publication, and service activities.
  6. Plan for and engage in continuous, career-long professional development.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

21 semester credit hours (SCH) for those without the M.L.S. degree; 12 SCH for those holding the M.L.S.

The curriculum for the certificate program consists of three required library science courses, three required courses in health science librarianship, and one required practicum as the capstone course.

Required Library Science Courses (for those without the M.L.S. degree)
LS 5083Foundations of Library and Information Studies3
LS 5053Information Retrieval3
LS 5043Information and Communication Technology3
Required Health Informatics Courses
LS 5363Health Sciences Information Services Management3
LS 5473Health Reference Services and Resources3
LS 5483Patient and Consumer Health Information3
Required Practicum
LS 5843Practicum (Evidence-Based Practice in a health science library)3
Total SCHs21