Public Health Accreditation Board

About PHAB

PHAB is the accrediting body for national public health accreditation. The organization was created to manage and promote the national accreditation program. PHAB was incorporated in 2007, and is developing the national accreditation program for launch in 2011. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provide support for the program.

PHAB’s Vision

PHAB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the continuous quality improvement of state, local, tribal, and territorial public health departments. PHAB is working to promote and protect the health of the public by advancing the quality and performance of all public health departments in the U.S. through national voluntary accreditation. PHAB’s vision is a high-performing governmental public health system that will make us a healthier nation.

Public health departments work to protect the health of people and communities across our country, through efforts such as ensuring access to clean air and water, encouraging healthful behaviors, and working to provide a healthy start for mothers and babies. Despite public health’s critical role, there has not been a national accreditation program to ensure public health departments’ quality of service – until now. Accreditation is based on standards that health departments can put into practice to ensure they are providing the best services possible to keep their communities safe and healthy. Accreditation will drive public health departments to continuously improve their services and performance.