A voluntary national accreditation program for public health departments measures performance against a set of recognized standards established by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). To become accredited, a health department must undergo a rigorous, multi-faceted peer-reviewed assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds PHAB standards and measures.

DPH strongly encourage communities to pursue accreditation, and will provide technical assistance to communities interested in exploring/achieving accreditation.

Accreditation by PHAB signifies that a health department is meeting national standards for ensuring that essential public health services are provided in the community. Health departments report* that accreditation helps them—

  • Better identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • Document their capacity to deliver the core functions and 10 Essential Public Health Services
  • Promote transparency
  • Improve their management processes
  • Stimulate quality improvement and performance management
  • Increase their accountability to community members, stakeholders, and policy makers
  • Improve their communication with the governing entity/board of health
  • Be more competitive in funding opportunities

* From PHAB annual evaluation data, 2015

MDPH is applying for National Public Health Accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). For information about the state’s accreditation activities, contact the Office of Performance Management and Quality Improvement (OPMQI). The office of PMQI is providing the leadership and coordination of efforts necessary to achieve accreditation and collaborates with the Office of Local and Regional Health in supporting local public health accreditation.


This information is provided by the Department of Public Health.