PHAB Online Orientation Series

An Overview of Public Health Department Accreditation

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 0.75
    • CNE: 0.75
    • Other: 0.75
    • CPHCE: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Sep 29, 2014
  • Expires: Sep 29, 2021
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    45 Minutes
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 This activity has 4 faculty members associated with it.
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Kaye Bender Kaye Bender, PhD, RN, FAAN
President and CEO
Public Health Accreditation Board
Alexandria, Virginia

Mark Paepcke Mark Paepcke, MBA
Chief Administrative Officer
Public Health Accreditation Board
Alexandria, Virginia

David Stone David Stone, MS, CPLP
Accreditation Education Specialist
Public Health Accreditation Board
Alexandria, Virginia

Robin Wilcox Robin Wilcox, MPA
Chief Program Officer
Public Health Accreditation Board
Alexandria, Virginia

Needs Statement

Despite the important role public health departments play in our communities, there has not been a national system for ensuring their accountability and quality—until now. Other community services and organizations, such as schools, daycare centers, police departments, and hospitals, have seen the value of accreditation. Now there is an opportunity for public health departments to have their performance measured, demonstrate accountability within their communities, and show a measurable return on investment in public health and prevention. This chapter provides a solid overview of public health department accreditation process from beginning to end.

Target Audience

Health department staff, partners, and stakeholders submitting an application for accreditation.


Upon completion of this chapter, you will be able to:

  • Describe  the mission and purpose of PHAB
  • Discuss accreditation benefits and importance
  • Identify basic concepts of the accreditation process
  • Explain the structure of the PHAB standards and measures


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, and Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB). The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Patient care

The University of Kentucky, College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

This educational activity is offered for a maximum of 0.75 ANCC contact hours.

Provider #: 680. In order to receive credit, participants complete this CNE activity and submit a credit application and evaluation form online. Certificates may be printed once the evaluation is completed.

UK Healthcare CECentral certifies this activity for 0.75 hours of participation.

University of Kentucky College of Public Health certifies that this educational activity was designated for 1.00 hour of Public Health Continuing Education (CPHCE) credit. This course is approved for continuing education by the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. ()

Faculty Disclosure

No speakers or planners have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. No speakers will discuss off-label use of a product.

Disclosure of a relationship is not intended to suggest or condone commercial bias in any presentation but is made to provide learners with information that might be of potential importance to their evaluation of a presentation.


This activity is jointly provided by the University of Kentucky and Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).

In collaboration with UK College of Nursing Continuing Education Office.

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