Public Health Accreditation Board

Eligibility

Who is eligible?

The governmental entity that has the primary statutory or legal responsibility for public health in a state, a territory, a tribe or at the local level is eligible for accreditation. To be eligible, such entities must operate in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, territorial, tribal and local statutes.

State and Territorial Health Department
The governmental body recognized in the state's or territory's constitution, statutes, or regulations or established by Executive Order, which has primary statutory authority to promote and protect the public's health and prevent disease in humans, is eligible to apply. Umbrella organizations and collaborations among state or territorial agencies may apply for accreditation if the primary entity is a part of the organization or collaboration. Where the state or territorial health department operates local and/or regional health departments, a single applicant or a number of individual applicants may choose to apply. Compliance with local-level standards must be demonstrated for each local and/or regional unit.

Local Health Department
The governmental body serving a jurisdiction or group of jurisdictions geographically smaller than a state, which is recognized in the state's constitution, statute, or regulations or established by local ordinance or through formal local cooperative agreement or mutual aid, and which has primary statutory authority to promote and protect the public's health and prevent disease in humans, is eligible to apply. The entity may be a locally governed health department, a local entity of a centralized state health department, or a regional, county or district health department. An entity that meets this definition may apply jointly with other local-level eligible entities for accreditation status if some essential services are provided by sharing resources and the manner in which this occurs is clearly demonstrated.

Tribal Health Department
The health department serving a recognized tribe that has primary statutory authority to promote and protect the public's health and prevent disease in humans is eligible to apply.