MLA offers three specializations: Consumer Health Information, Disaster Information, and Data Services. These specializations help health information professionals and others obtain a level of expertise in a health information field.

Each program requires the completion of an approved curriculum of courses. Courses and other educational offerings are MLA-approved.

Completing a specialization helps you:

  • improve services in an health information area
  • create partnerships;
  • enhance ownership of health information expertise; and
  • learn best practices in providing health information services.

The Consumer Health Information Specialization (CHIS) offers basic and advanced training opportunities for individuals whose work roles include providing information services to the public, patients, and families.

Earning a Data Services Specialization shows employers, colleagues and researchers and others who work with data that you have skills in providing a range of data services and are committed to staying current with developments in data management and data services.


MLA’s Disaster Information Specialization to Sunset in April 2023. See the DIS catalog for more information.

The Disaster Information Specialization provides participants the opportunity to expand their roles by becoming experts in providing access to information for disaster and emergency preparedness.

Earning a Systematic Review Services Specialization shows employers and colleagues that you have the information retrieval and management skills to support users and researchers in conducting high quality and reproducible systematic reviews.