Welcome to the Public Health Accreditation Board’s online orientation to public health department accreditation. The purpose of this orientation is to give you a solid overview of public health department accreditation. Whether you are an applicant or someone with an interest in learning more about national public health department accreditation, this series of modules will give you an overview of the PHAB accreditation process.

The information and material is covered in four modules.

  • A General Overview of Public Health Department Accreditation

  • An Introduction to the Accreditation Process

  • The Nuts and Bolts of the PHAB Accreditation Process

  • Understanding the PHAB Standards and Measures and Documentation

The 4 modules will each take about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. You may review them all in one sitting, which should take about two hours, or you may review each of the modules individually. While you may complete the modules in any order desired, we suggest that you complete them in sequence as the information presented in a module builds upon the previous module. PHAB has revised the online orientation and it is now located on the Bridge Access Portal, or Bridge, PHAB’s education site. There is no longer a need for a PIN, nor do you need proof that you completed the modules. A Bridge user guide is available to help you get started. The user guide is located under the “Access the Orientation” tab below.

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Each of the modules is intended as a stand-alone presentation and is designed to emphasize some aspect of the accreditation process. If you complete all modules in one sitting, the modules will contain information that will reinforce content in the previous module or will elaborate upon the earlier information. If the modules are completed one at a time, some content will serve as a refresher for a previous module.  The material is intended to show you the importance of various activities within the accreditation process steps.

While the orientation is available to anyone who has an interest in national public health department accreditation, Accreditation Coordinators and health department directors must complete the orientation prior to the health department submitting an application to PHAB. Accreditation Coordinators or health department directors may also desire to use the modules for staff or governance meetings.

Modules 1 and 2 will appeal to anyone who has a desire to learn more about national public health department accreditation and the PHAB accreditation process. Module 3 targets Accreditation Coordinators, accreditation teams, and others who will be leading the health department through the accreditation process. Module 4 also targets Accreditation Coordinators and teams, and those who will be responsible for collecting documentation for the standards and measures.

The completion of the online orientation is a requirement for any applicant public health department prior to the submission of the application. The health department director and the Accreditation Coordinator must complete the full orientation. A PIN is no longer required to apply for accreditation. There is no required quiz or evaluation to receive credit.

Go to the Online Accreditation Orientation to get started today. (In doing so, you will be leaving the PHAB website and will be directed to the online orientation on the Bridge portal.)

It will be helpful to read the Bridge User Guide prior to going to the orientation. The guide instructs on how to register and how to use the portal.

If you have any questions, email [email protected]