This guide is for students in Dr. Nancy Smith's HEALTH PROMOTION and CLINICAL PREVENTION course.
"Health Literacy is defined as the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process and understand basic health information needed to make appropriate health decisions and services needed to prevent or treat illness."
(from HRSA http://www.hrsa.gov/publichealth/healthliteracy/healthlitabout.html)
Here's a Quick Guide to Health Literacy - A Fact Sheet from Health.gov
What is Public Health - an informative portal from CDC.