Health Informatics Accreditation

Health informatics (HI) graduate programs focus on information systems, informatics principles, and information technology as applied to the continuum of healthcare delivery. Health Informatics graduate programs demonstrate uniqueness by offering varied options for practice or research.

Accreditation provides an effective and consistent quality monitoring process, tools for assessing continuous quality improvement, and data representing key information pertinent to describing informatics educational programs to the public. Accreditation also assures that educational standards and core competencies are met in support of learning so that Health Informatics programs are accurately represented to students, faculty, and the health care industry.

AMIA is a member of the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) as an organizational member to support Accreditation Standards for masters' degree programs in health informatics.  The CAHIIM Health Informatics Accreditation Council (HIAC) is comprised of subject matter experts with extensive training and experience in informatics who are responsible for Standards for Accreditation of Master's Degree Programs in Health Informatics. 

AMIA's participation in health informatics' accreditation ensures that informatics will retain a professional identity distinct from health information management (HIM) and health information technology (HIT).  For more information please contact AMIA Vice President of Education and Academic Affairs Jeffrey J. Williamson, M.Ed. at jeff@amia.org.

Call for Comment:
Revised 2017 Standards for Accreditation of Master's Degree Programs in Health Informatics (MHI)

Public Comments due May 18, 2017. Submit below.

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM) announces revisions to the 2010 Standards and Interpretations for Accreditation of Master's Degree Programs in Health Informatics.

As a recognized accreditation organization by CHEA, CAHIIM is required to conduct a comprehensive review of its Standards on a periodic basis. Review of the 2010 Accreditation Standards for Master's Degree Programs in Health Informatics have been conducted by the CAHIIM Health Informatics Accreditation Council, undergoing a comprehensive review with input from health informatics educators, program directors, academic administrators, health informatics professionals, healthcare providers, employers, peer reviewers and CAHIIM staff. The resulting revised set of Accreditation Standards are now released for public comments until May 18, 2017.

All stakeholders and communities of interest are invited to submit comments, suggested changes, or deletions regarding the proposed revisions using the MHI Standards Survey Link.

You will need to download the PDF version of the 2017 Revised Standards for Accreditation of Master's Degree Programs in Health Informatics (MHI)

Following are highlights of the revised Standards

  1. Revision of Standards display format:
    • Introduction is revised
    • Interpretations are incorporated within the Descriptions
    • Regrouped into more logical categories
  2. Language is updated to reflect best practices in accreditation, quality assurance, and student outcomes
  3. Revised category titles are used to better reflect the intent of the Standard.
  4. Revised section titled “Systematic Planning” clarifies the language of ongoing program assessment for quality and outcomes, deleted redundant assessment standards and language.
  5. A new Standard that requires accredited programs to publish student outcomes on the program website consistent with U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) requirements. At minimum this must include annual enrollment numbers and graduation rates.
  6. Minimum academic requirement for the Program Leadership Standard is a doctoral degree.
  7. Program-specific curriculum references the AMIA 2017 Competencies for Health Informatics Education at the Master’s Degree Level
  8. New Standard for programs with online content delivery that requires full access by CAHIIM to all online health informatics course content and relevant education applications.
  9. An advisory committee is required of all programs comprised of individuals external to the institution representative of the communities of interest such as employers and graduates.

STANDARDS REVISION TIMETABLE (Subject to Change)

Dates Process
March 15 - May 18, 2017 Public comment period
June 30, 2017 Comments reviewed, revisions published
September 1, 2017 Proposed implementation of Standards* for new programs seeking Candidacy Status
September 1, 2018 All accredited programs to be in compliance with the 2017 Accreditation Standards

*Note: For curriculum, new programs seeking accreditation must comply with the AMIA 2017 Competencies for Health Informatics Education at the Master’s Degree Level. All currently CAHIIM Accredited programs and programs in progress must be in compliance with these Competencies by January 1, 2020.