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Public Health Accreditation


The Philadelphia Department of Public Health achieved national public health accreditation by the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) on November 10, 2015.

The five-year designation recognizes the PDPH’s capacity and commitment to protect and promote the health of all Philadelphians. Notice of the award capped a lengthy application process that engaged partners across Philadelphia as well as staff throughout the PDPH. To all who contributed to this important milestone for our city—thank you!

The public health accreditation process allows us to measure our performance against a set of national standards, increase communication and collaboration with community stakeholders, celebrate and share our successes, and identify opportunities for improvement. The goal of accreditation is to ensure that Philadelphians are served by an efficient and effective public health system.

The Public Health Accreditation Board, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, launched national public health accreditation in September 2011. State, territorial, local, and tribal health departments are eligible to apply for public health accreditation.

To apply for public health accreditation, the Philadelphia Department of Public Health had to complete three documents: