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Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA®) 

Individuals who earn the CHDA designation will achieve recognition of their expertise in health data analysis and validation of their mastery of this domain. This certification provides practitioners with the knowledge to acquire, manage, analyze, interpret, and transform data into accurate, consistent, and timely information, while balancing the "big picture" strategic vision with day-to-day details.  

CHDA-credentialed professionals exhibit broad organizational knowledge and the ability to communicate with individuals and groups at multiple levels, both internal and external.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must meet one of the following eligibility requirements to sit for the CHDA examination: 

  • Healthcare information management credential (RHIT®) and minimum of three (3) years of healthcare data experience; or
  • Baccalaureate degree and a minimum of three (3) years of healthcare data experience; or
  • Healthcare information management credential (RHIA®); or
  • Master’s in Health Information Management (HIM) or Health Informatics from an accredited school; or
  • Master's or higher degree and one (1) year of healthcare data experience


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About the CHDA Exam

Certified Professionals and Pass Rates 

As of 12/31/19, there were 377 certified CHDA professionals. 



# First Time Testers 

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*U.S. and Canada results only 

Exam Specifications 

The CHDA is a timed exam. Candidates have 3.5 hours to complete the exam. The total number of questions on the exam range between 130 and 160 total items.  

AHIMA exams contain a variety of questions or item types that require you to use your knowledge, skills, and/or experience to select the best answer. Each exam includes scored questions and pre-test questions randomly distributed throughout the exam. Pre-test questions are not counted in the final results. 

The passing score for the CHDA is 300. 

The exam is given in a computer-based format. Competencies for CHDAs fall into five domains. Each domain accounts for a specific percentage of the total questions on the certification exam. See the Exam Content Outline below for greater detail. 

Certified Health Data Analyst (CHDA) Exam Content Outline


  1. Determine the stakeholders
  2. Facilitate problem identification with stakeholders
  3. Evaluate external measures or requirements
  4. Translate words into metrics
  5. Determine analytical methods
  6. Create an analysis plan


  1. Identify sources of data or information
  2. Develop data collection techniques
  3. Extract data or information
  4. Explore data or information
  5. Cleanse acquired data
  6. Map data
  7. Validate data


  1. Query data
  2. Determine statistical approach
  3. Apply statistical methodologies
  4. Observe changes and variations in data
  5. Visualize data for analysis


  1. Identify key findings
  2. Develop recommendations
  3. Disclose assumptions and limitations 
  4. Create visualizations for stakeholders
  5. Communicate findings to stakeholders


  1. Participate in the development of policies for access, ownership, integrity, or usage of data
  2. Implement procedures for access, ownership, integrity, or usage of data
  3. Manage data dictionary
  4. Ensure adherence to security and privacy policies
  5. Maintain audit logs or controls of analyses and data submission

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