This designation enhances PHAB’s commitment to quality and performance improvement for all health departments

Alexandria, VA – The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) today announced national accreditation status for the first public health department outside the United States – Ministry of Public Health (MOPH), Qatar. The Ministry of Public Health, located in Doha, Qatar, received initial accreditation status for five years.

Accreditation of MOPH Qatar has been a multi-year effort and PHAB is thrilled that the Standards & Measures and principles of public health practice are applicable to international communities.

“The language of commitment to high quality public health service is an international language. We sought the distinction of being accredited by PHAB to demonstrate our commitment to the health and safety of our people—as well as people across the globe. We look forward to working with PHAB to foster excellence in public health practice around the world.” Sheikh Dr. Mohammed Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Director of Public Health, MOPH Qatar.

International accreditation is not a separate PHAB program; health departments both within and outside of the U.S seeking and achieving PHAB initial accreditation use the official Standards & Measures.

“Now the real work begins. We have achieved this wonderful benchmark—and it is a huge accomplishment for our staff and our partners throughout Qatar. Now we need to work every day to make our commitment to continuously improve our public health services a reality.” Dr. Mounir basher Soussi, Accreditation Coordinator, MOPH Qatar.

PHAB aims to transform and protect public health practice by championing performance improvement, strong infrastructure, and innovation. This mission encouraged international participation in the accreditation program to strengthen infrastructure, support performance and quality improvement, and increase transparency and accountability of MOPH Qatar. Learnings from this experience will undoubtedly benefit future iterations of the PHAB Standards & Measures, leading to more efficient public health practices across the world.

“We are pleased and honored to welcome the Ministry of Public Health of Qatar into the family of accredited public health departments! It is the first national public health department outside the U.S. that we have accredited, said PHAB President and CEO Paul Kuehnert, DNP, RN, FAAN. “PHAB and our entire public health community will be enriched by our relationship and what we can learn from each other. Our mutual commitment to continuous quality improvement and assuring that evidence-based health protection, disease prevention, and health promotion strategies are deployed across the globe will make the world a safer and healthier place!”

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About the Public Health Accreditation Board
The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) was created to serve as the public health accrediting body and is funded in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The development of public health accreditation has involved, and is supported by, public health leaders and practitioners from the national, state, local, Tribal, and territorial levels.