Eligibility Requirements

There are two dimensions of AHIC eligibility – a graduate degree in health informatics or a related field and “qualifying” health informatics experience. The amount of required experience is determined by type of graduate degree.

“Qualifying” experience includes work that aligns with AHIC™ Outline of Exam Topics [Appendix A] and includes evidence of the following types of tasks:

  • critical thinking and analysis
  • independent decision-making
  • project management
  • managing personnel, resources or partner relationships
  • leading or supporting teams
  • policy development
  • strategic planning

Qualifying experience may be gained prior to the completion of the qualifying graduate degree. Finally, qualifying experience must have occurred within the past 6, 8, or 10 years. Table 1 summarizes AHIC Eligibility Criteria.

Table 1: AHIC Eligibility Criteria
Track Academic Degree % Work Time in Health Informatics Qualifying Health Informatics Experience
1 Master’s or doctoral degree in health informatics or a degree with a focus in informatics from an accredited program, college, or university

Examples of qualifying degrees include (but are not limited to) those associated with: Clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, public health informatics, clinical research informatics, or translational bioinformatics
50%-100% 4 years within the past 6 years
20%-49% 6 years within the past 8 years
2 Master’s or doctoral degree in a health informatics related field from an accredited program, college, or university

Examples of qualifying degrees include (but are not limited to): Dentistry, Nursing, Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, Computer Science, and other health professions
50%-100% 6 years within the past 8 years
20%-49% 8 years within the past 10 years
Note: Individuals who do not work 100% in health informatics and whose other responsibilities comprise clinical or public health practice will bring their health informatics knowledge and skills to their other roles, and their health informatics work will be informed by their other roles. Therefore, there is a rational basis for using a prorated approach for counting years of service for individuals who do not work 100% in health informatics.

The AMIA Health Informatics Certification staff is here to help! Please consult the AHIC FAQ and the Certification Guide for details on eligibility and the application process.

For questions about your unique eligibility concerns please send an inquiry to certification@amia.org and the staff will connect with you directly.