CIP Project

CIP Code Update: In late January 2018, we have an opportunity to suggest a dedicated CIP code for Medical Humanities and Health Humanities by working with our institutional Keyholder or Coordinator for IPEDS (typically, this is your Registrar or Institutional Research Officer), who will receive an email with a personalized link to a survey (see the IPEDS announcement below). You can give input via this survey even if your institution does not have a formal or degree program in the field. This is open to baccalaureate, graduate, and professional programs. The more requests from different institutions, the greater the chance we’ll get a dedicated CIP code for Medical Humanities, Health Humanities, and programs with similar scope under different language.

From the IPEDS website: (hyperlink: )

CIP 2020 Survey

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is currently updating the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP). As part of this process, proposals for new CIP Codes are being solicited from IPEDS keyholders and coordinators. In late January, IPEDS keyholders and coordinators will receive an email from Dr. Allan Joseph Medwick (, a contractor who will be administering the survey on behalf of NCES. The email will contain a personalized link to an online survey where suggestions can be submitted for new CIP Codes for possible inclusion in the 2020 CIP. Participation is voluntary, but greatly appreciated. NCES expects to publish an updated version of the CIP in the summer of 2019.

IPEDS collects data related to enrollment and graduation, and these data are key in administrative and funding decisions. Degree-granting programs (MA, MS, PhD, BA, BS, and certificate) have a direct stake in securing a dedicated code. If you are developing a program, having a CIP code for Health and Medical Humanities will be very valuable for institutional planning. If you currently run a degree- or certificate-granting program in Medical Humanities, Health Humanities, or Narrative Medicine, your data are classified under either an inaccurate or a generic CIP code. Contact Sarah Berry, ( with questions.


Health Humanities Consortium is working on securing a CIP (Classification of Institutional Programs) code for Medical Humanities/Health Humanities. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) uses CIP codes to collect data on enrollment and graduation for degree programs in higher ed and graduate education in its IPEDS database, and these data are used by many administrators and funding bodies in year-to-year management of academic programming. The process for requesting new CIP codes is anticipated to be approved this summer; the first step in past updates is that NCES does some preliminary research on new and unique degree programs in the US.
If you are a chair/member of a bachelor, master, certificate, or doctoral degree-granting program in Medical Humanities or Health Humanities and would like to participate in this effort, please email Sarah Berry at Please note that data for minors are not collected by NCES, but if you run a minor and anticipate developing a major at any point in the future, your participation would be very useful, so please email me. Two steps to take now are: 1) to communicate with your institution’s Keyholder or Coordinator (frequently the Registrar or Institutional Research Officer) and let them know that we are planning this initiative; the Keyholder or Coordinator may be contacted by NCES before program chairs. 2) Find out how what CIP code for your Medical Humanities or Health Humanities degree program(s) is currently being used by your institution.
When NCES announces the beginning of the process I will follow up with participants. At this time, we anticipate that it will be useful to pool some of our shareable program data to make a case to NCES—more details to come in summer 2017.