Public Health Department Reaccreditation

A PHAB-accredited public health department is accredited for five years; when initial accreditation expires, the health department must apply for and achieve reaccreditation in order to maintain accreditation status.

PHAB reaccreditation builds on initial accreditation, but is very different. Both the requirements and the process for reaccreditation have been designed to ensure that accredited health departments continue to evolve, improve, and advance, thereby becoming increasingly effective at improving the health of the population they serve.

The Guide to National Public Health Department Reaccreditation: Process and Requirements presents the official requirements and process for the reaccreditation of public health departments. The Guide pertains to accredited health departments that submitted their application for initial accreditation on or before June 30, 2016.

See COVID-19 and Public Health Departments for Supplemental Guidance PHAB has implemented to support health departments’ accreditation work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PHAB reaccreditation webinar and other resources now available:

One-page fact sheet

Why a Health Department Seeks Reaccreditation


An Introduction to PHAB Reaccreditation

Slide Set:

An Introduction to PHAB Reaccreditation

The webinar may also be viewed on:


View or download this six-page packet of important questions and answers related to reaccreditation. (February 2017):

Reaccreditation FAQ