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Background and Aim: e-health literacy is the ability to search, find, understand and evaluate health information from electronic information sources and use this information to diagnose or resolve health disorders.
Objective: The aim of this study was to investigate the e-health literacy of non-clinical graduate students of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences.
Materials and Methods: In this descriptive-survey research, 159 graduate students and 41 Ph.D. students were randomly selected and investigated. The data collection tool was a standard version of the e-Healths questionnaire. The collected data was analyzed by using the SPSS.22 software.
Results: The results showed that the level of e-health literacy in 56.8% of students was moderate, 16.7% in good condition and 3.1% in very good condition. Twenty-one percent of the students had poor health literacy and 2.5% had a low level of e-health literacy. The level of e-health literacy of Ph.D. students was higher than that of M.Sc. students. The results of independent t-test for comparing the level of e-health literacy between the two groups indicated a significant level (p <0.5).
Conclusions: Regarding the "moderate (relatively favorable)" level of e-health literacy among non-clinical students of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences; informing in line with having access to online, comprehensible and validated health information, and the training web-based health information assessment by the relevant authorities such as The Ministry of Health and Medical Education will be effective in increasing the level of health literacy and e-health literacy.