Health Informatics Curriculum Requirements

Health Informatics Competency Driven Education

Programs are encouraged to review their health informatics curriculum and compare current curriculum content with AMIA’s core competencies (Foundational Domains). The AMIA Foundational Domains are intended to be used for health informatics curriculum development and accreditation assessment for master level graduate education in health informatics education.

Beginning in 2016, the AMIA Accreditation Council (AAC) working with health informatics competencies identified in a 2012 AMIA white paper (1) and further defined by CAHIIM Health Informatics Accreditation Council (HIAC), through an iterative process of review and revision developed a set of 10 (ten) foundational domains with knowledge, skills and attitudes that are needed to be successful health informatics professionals or health informaticians.

These foundational domains are intended for curriculum development and accreditation assessment for master level graduate education in health informatics education.

For the purposes of CAHIIM Accreditation, students in the health informatics discipline should have working knowledge and competency of these defined foundational domains as these domains define and affect the practice of health informatics. The program graduate is expected to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that exist in the following domains:

• Health
• Information Science and Technology
• Social and Behavioral Science
• Health Information Science and Technology
• Human Factors and Socio-technical Systems
• Social and Behavioral Aspects of Health
• Social, Behavioral, and Information Science and Technology Applied to Health
• Professionalism
• Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
• Leadership

As with all other health professions, the work of health informaticians affects the health, safety, and effectiveness of those working and being cared for within the system of health care delivery.

AMIA 2017 Core Competencies for Health Informatics Education at the Master’s Degree Level

CAHIIM Self Evaluation Tool (CSET)

The CAHIIM Self Evaluation Tool is an Excel (2016) workbook that is used for CAHIIM program curriculum assessment. It is a mapping document that describes what is learned and observed in a Master of Health Informatics program. The CSET also includes a heat map that will allow the program to see what their areas of concentration/focus are in the AMIA’s Foundational Domains.

The CAHIIM Self Evaluation Tool is required for the CAHIIM application and used to assess the program curriculum once the program is in Candidacy for CAHIIM accreditation.

Download and review the CSET instructions below before you start using the tool:
CSET instructions (pdf)

Download the CSET workbook below:
CSET application (xlsx)

"AMIA Board White Paper: AMIA 2017 core competencies for applied health informatics education at the master’s degree level"


1.Kulikowski CA, Shortliffe EH, Currie LM, Elkin PL, Hunter LE, Johnson TR, Kalet IJ, Lenert LA, Musen MA, Ozbolt JG, Smith JW. AMIA Board white paper: definition of biomedical informatics and specification of core competencies for graduate education in the discipline. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. 2012 Nov 1;19(6):931‐8.


Competency Based Network, A National Consortium for Designing, Developing and Scaling New Models of Student Learning :

Tennessee Osteopathic Medical Education Consortium. (n.d.). Miller's Pyramid of Assessment. Retrieved from