Evidence-based medicine skills are essential to providing patient care and managing population health. Participants in this course will develop a methodical approach to practicing evidence-based medicine. This course will improve participants’ abilities to ask a well-constructed question, acquire evidence efficiently, appraise evidence comprehensively, and apply it to answer questions. This course will also review study designs, biostatistical concepts, and common statistical tests used in the literature.


ABCs of Evidence-based medicine is organized into five modules. During this aplication-based online activity, materials will be released on a weekly basis. The five course modules consist of various instructional materials, including: presentations, self-evaluation questions, activities and discussions. Participants will be required to pass (70% or better) four quizzes released throughout the activity and a cumulative written assignment. Participants can log in and access the learning materials 24 hours/day-7 days/week, at their convenience. This activity totals 12 contact hours.

  • Module One: Asking Questions and Acquiring Evidence
  • Module Two: Appraising Evidence: Understanding Study Designs
  • Module Three: Appraising Evidence: Applying Study Design and Statistical Concepts
  • Module Four: Appraising Evidence: Comparing Groups with Statistical Tests
  • Module Five: Applying Evidence: Putting it All Together


After completing this course successfully, you will be able to:

  • Given a complex clinical scenario, outline a well-constructed question using PICO (population, intervention, comparison, outcome) format
  • Apply a rational and methodical search strategy to select resources that are based on convenience, relevance, and validity of the resources
  • Describe the advantages and disadvantages of different study designs 
  • Given a clinical scenario and question, determine the best study design to answer the question
  • Explain key terms and basic statistical concepts used in scientific literature
  • Interpret evidence using basic statistical concepts
  • Define types of data
  • Determine the statistical test to use for a given type of data and study design
  • Identify when common statistical tests have been applied and interpreted appropriately or inappropriately
  • Develop a methodical approach for appraising evidence that involves evaluating the relevance and validity of the evidence and the magnitude and significance of its findings
  • Evaluate evidence to answer questions related to patient care and population health

Key Benefits

This course is designed for pharmacists looking to improve their literature evaluation skills.

Accreditation Statement

In support of improving patient care, University of Minnesota, Interprofessional Continuing Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
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This activity's Universal Activity Number is JA0000810-0000-19-048-H04-P.

This application-based online activity has been approved for 12.0 contact hours.


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Section Title
ABCs of Evidence-Based Medicine
Online, instructor led
Jul 08, 2019 to Aug 28, 2019
Delivery Options
Instructor Led Online  
Course Fee(s)
Pharmacist Reg Fee non-credit $400.00
Drop Request Deadline
90 days after enrollment
Transfer Request Deadline
90 days after enrollment
Section Details
The summer 2019 session will begin Monday, July 8, and end August 28, 2019.
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