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CHIS Learning Plan Interim Guidance April 2021

Posted by on April 16th, 2021 Posted in: Blog

Many of our classes will pause Friday, April 16 – Monday, May 17, 2021, as NNLM refreshes for a new 5- year cycle. Recordings for select CHIS classes are available on YouTube during the pause. Contact nto@utah.edu for information about obtaining continuing education credit.

What is CHIS?

CHIS stands for Consumer Health Information Specialization, a program by the Medical Library Association (MLA). CHIS is recognition for the accomplishment of acquiring new health information skills through training about providing health information services to consumers. NNLM provides free, online training in support of CHIS.

Why Get a CHIS?

Library workers know the value of accurate information. Enhance and expand your skills with evidence-based knowledge and resources that will make you a confident, expert provider of health information to your community. CHIS shows employers, colleagues, and the public that you are committed to offering quality consumer health information services, and to staying current with consumer health information resources, technologies, and services.

How to Earn CHIS credits

Level 1

12 hours of approved continuing education, must cover CHIS core competencies 1-5

  1. Know the Community
  2. Know the Health Consumer
  3. Knowledge of Subject Matter and Existing Resources
  4. Health Information Evaluation
  5. Communication and Instruction

Level 2

12 additional hours of continuing education, cannot be classes you took to earn Level 1, must cover competencies 6-8

6. Literacy and Health Literacy

7. Technology and Health

8. Ethical and Legal Issues

To Earn CHIS Level One or Two

Take any combination of the classes below to cover the competencies required. See this grid for which competencies these classes cover and to track your credits. Take the remaining number of CE hours you need either from the courses in any list below.

Classes with CHIS Competencies

Watching any of the following recordings for CE:

Take Any Of These On-Demand Classes

Contact nto@utah.edu to claim your CE credits and follow the instructions provided. 


Image of the author ABOUT Bobbi Newman
Bobbi's professional background includes work in public libraries. She currently serves as a member of the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) American Library Association (ALA) Advisory Committee. In the past, she has served as an ALA-Councilor-At-Large and on a variety ALA committees. In 2011 she was named a Mover and Shaker by Library Journal. She divides her time between her dog, reading fantasy and nonfiction, playing video games, and gardening.

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