Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Health Science Librarianship

The post-master's Graduate 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 Graduate Certificate program is available entirely online.

The Graduate 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 

Total hours: 21 for those without the MLS degree; 12 for those holding the MLS

Program Requirements

Applicants for the certificate program must meet one of the following two conditions:

  • Possession of a graduate degree (master’s or doctoral) in a discipline in Nursing, Health Sciences, or Library Science; OR 
  • Admission to a graduate degree program in the TWU College of Nursing, College of Health Sciences, or School of Library and Information Studies. 

For students with a master’s degree, a Certificate of Evidence-Based Health Science Librarianship is awarded when the student completes all course requirements for the certificate program. For students pursuing a master’s degree concurrently, the certificate is awarded after the student completes all requirements for the graduate degree.

Steps to Admission

Applicants must apply to both the TWU Graduate School and SLIS. See steps 1 and 2 below. 

1. Apply to the TWU Graduate SchoolIndicate Graduate Certificate as the admission option on the application form.  

  • No standard test score is required if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or above, or if you have another graduate degree.
  • If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, you are required to submit an official standardized test score as part of the application to the Graduate School. Official test scores are accepted from the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). 

2. Apply to SLIS. Only complete application packets will be considered. Applicants are responsible for keeping their contact information current. Submit the following  materials, in a single, complete mailing, to TWU SLIS, PO Box 425769, Denton, TX 76204-5769OR submit the materials via email to

  • SLIS Application Form (fillable PDF form; Chrome browser recommended). Please indicate on the form that you plan to pursue the Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Health Science Librarianship without MLS. 
  • A resume 
  • A 2-page statement of intent (your professional goals and career interests) 
  • 3 professional reference letters sent via postal mail on official letterhead OR sent via email (to directly from the name of the reference 

Application Deadlines

  • Applications continue to be accepted for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters. 
  • The preferred application deadlines are July 1 for the Fall semester, December 1 for the Spring semester, and May 1 for the Summer semester. 

Contact Information

For questions on the SLIS admissions process, please contact Cyndee Tanttari in the SLIS office at 940-898-2602, or

Required Library Science Core Courses: 9 hours

  • LS 5083 Foundations of Library and Information Studies 
  • LS 5053 Information Retrieval (formerly LS 5013) 
  • LS 5043 Information and Communication Technology 

Note: Applicants holding the Master of Library Science degree can waive these required Library Science core courses (9 hours).

Required Health Informatics Courses: 9 hours

  • LS 5363 Health Sciences Information Services Management 
  • LS 5473 Health Reference Services and Resources 
  • LS 5483 Consumer Health Information Resources 

Required Practicum: 3 hours

  • LS 5843 Practicum: Evidence-Based Practice in a Health Science Library 

For More Information 

For questions about the Graduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Health Science Librarianship program, please contact Dr. Carol Perryman at or 940-898-2612.

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