Benefits & Impacts of Accreditation

Many public service and health-related entities—such as hospitals, schools, and universities—have accreditation programs. Until recently, there was no national accreditation program for public health departments. Since September 2011, the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) has recognized health departments that meet national standards that ensure they provide essential public health services in their communities.

Health departments agree* that accreditation helps them

  • Stimulate quality improvement (95%)
  • Improve accountability and transparency (89%)
  • Improve the capacity of the department to provide high quality programs and services (85%)
  • Strengthen the health department’s relationship with key partners in other sectors (e.g., healthcare, social services, education) (78%)
  • Help the health department use health equity as a lens for identifying and addressing health priorities (73%)
  • Increase the extent to which the health department uses evidence-based practices (68%)
  • Strengthen the utilization of resources (68%)

 *Source: NORC at the University of Chicago, Evaluation Findings: Assessing Outcomes from Public Health Accreditation (June 2021)pdf iconexternal icon

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Page last reviewed: September 16, 2021