Health Informatics

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

The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (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 web site 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 Core 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.




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 Core 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 Core Competencies by January 1, 2020.