Accreditation means excellence. It means that a health department is committed to continuous quality and performance improvement. Accreditation is a way to engage all staff in transformation and improvement efforts. Learn about the benefits of accreditation.
The PHAB Standards & Measures define expectations for all public health departments that seek accreditation. The accompanying Policy presents the official process for seeking and obtaining PHAB accreditation.
PHAB accepted applications for Version 1.5 through June 30, 2022. Health departments applying on, or after, July 1, 2022 will do so using Version 2022 of PHAB Standards & Measures. A health department is reviewed against the set of Standards & Measures under which they apply.
Printed copies of PHAB Standards & Measures and other materials can be purchased through PHAB’s online store.
Accreditation provides a framework for health departments to identify performance improvement opportunities, demonstrate credibility, develop leadership, and improve relationships with the community. It serves as both an accountability and transparency mechanism and is a step on a journey to transform public health practice.
State, local, territorial, and Tribal health departments are eligible to apply for accreditation. PHAB will determine the applicant’s eligibility. Official eligibility requirements are detailed in the Policy.
Health departments are encouraged to discuss with PHAB any instances where they have questions about how The Standards or eligibility criteria apply given their organizational structure.
PHAB instituted a fee structure to manage and maintain the national accreditation process. Applicant fees are necessary for PHAB to provide quality services to both applicants for accreditation and accredited health departments. Public health department accreditation is not a “one-time” event; it is an ongoing commitment to continuous quality improvement.