Consumer Health Information Specialization
Learn about the Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS), a program from the Medical Library Association recognizing your skills in finding and communicating health information to consumers. Back to Specializations
- About Consumer Health Information Specialization
- CHIS Program Structure
- How to Earn CHIS Credits
- NNLM Sponsorship and Application Fee
What is CHIS?
CHIS stands for Consumer Health Information Specialization, a program provided by the Medical Library Association (MLA). The MLA Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) offers training in providing health information services to consumers and recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills.
Why Get a CHIS?
Librarians know the life-saving and life-enhancing value of accurate evidence-based health information. By earning CHIS, you acquire skills and knowledge needed to become a confident, expert provider of health information to your community. Your CHIS shows employers, colleagues, and the public you serve that you are committed to offering quality consumer health information services and to staying current with developments in consumer health information resources, technologies, and services.
Read our article "Impact of a consumer health information specialization (CHIS) sponsorship program on the ability of public library staff to provide consumer health information” (free, JMLA, July 2021) and discover the value of CHIS training in providing health information services.
To qualify for CHIS Level 1 take any combination of courses or webinars that cover competencies 1-5. Once competencies 1-5 are covered you can take any combination of webinars or courses from NNLM to reach 12 hours of CE.
- Know the Community
- Know the Health Consumer
- Knowledge of Subject Matter and Existing Resources
- Health Information Evaluation
- Communication and Instruction
To earn Level 2 CHIS you need an additional 12 CE hours worth of courses and webinars, and those 12 CE must cover core competencies 6-8:
- Literacy and Health Literacy
- Technology and Health
- Ethical and Legal Issues
Competencies also listed on the NNLM class page.
How to Earn CHIS Credits
We offer training via live webinars, on-demand classes, online classes and recorded videos.
Upcoming CHIS classes
On-demand CHIS classes
Available 24/7. Offered in Moodle. Register & access on link below.
NEW! CHIS On-Demand - earn up to 5 MLA continuing education credit hours that qualify for the requirements of Level 1 CHIS
Drug and Chemical Information - On Demand - up to 6 CE
NEW! Environmental Health and Justice: a brief primer - 1 CE
Introduction to Health Reference: Ethics and Best Practices - 4 CE (also qualifies for Level 2)
PubMed Essentials 1 CE (also qualifies for Level 2)
Health Literacy On Demand - 1 CE
Recorded CHIS Webinars
Enroll in Recorded CHIS Webinars to watch a past CHIS webinar, download class materials, and access an evaluation with directions to obtain CE credit. New classes are added and announced on a regular basis
CHIS Application Fee
The CHIS application fee $75 and the specialization is valid for 3 years, at which point it must be renewed.
NNLM sponsors the CHIS application fee for level 1 or level 2 for library workers, including renewals. Once you've completed the necessary coursework, fill out the sponsorship form.