PHAB encourages the production of research to advance the science base of accreditation and systems change in public health. PHAB uses accreditation data to produce reports on the impact of accreditation, contribute to peer-reviewed journals, and more. PHAB also encourages additional research by the field relevant to national public health accreditation.

Over the past five years, PHAB has continued to grow and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of our public health departments.

Featured Research

NORC Evaluation of PHAB Accreditation

Assessing the Effects of the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Accreditation Program: Final Evaluation Findings

Logic Model and Research Agenda

PHAB’s research is guided by our logic model and research agenda, which was revised in 2021. PHAB encourages research and sharing by the field.

  • Allen P, Mazzucca S, Parks RG, Robinson M, Tabak RG, Brownson R. Local health department accreditation is associated with organizational supports for evidence-based decision making. Front Public Health. 2019;7(374).
  • Feng W, Martin EG. Fighting obesity at the local level? an analysis of predictors of local health departments’ policy involvement. Prev Med. 2020;133.
  • Heffernan M, Kennedy M, Gonick SA, Siegfried AL. Impact of accreditation on health department financial resources. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2021;27(5):501-501. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001278
  • Kennedy, M., Heffernan, M., Gonick, SA., Siegfried, AL. Exploring the linkage between accreditation outcomes and public health emergency preparedness and response. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2022;28(1): E80-E84. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000001329.

PHAB has compiled a list of publications and reports relevant to accreditation. Email [email protected] to share additional accreditation-related studies that are either in progress or published.