Public Health Accreditation for CPH

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Columbus Public Health is a Leader in Accreditation

Columbus Public Health (CPH) was among the first public health departments in the country to receive national accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB).  This was a rigorous two year multi-faceted, peer review assessment process to ensure it meets or exceeds a set of quality standards and measures for public health and is reassessed every five years. CPH achieved reaccreditation in December of 2019 and is currently preparing for the next reaccreditation review in late 2024.

What is Public Health Accreditation

Public health department accreditation was developed to standardize and improve the quality of health departments across the country. It is not currently a requirement, it is a standard. While it is not a requirement nationally, all health departments in Ohio are mandated to be accredited by the Ohio Department of Health.

The Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB), along with 4,000 public health experts, developed this process to measure performance against a set of standards based on “The Ten Essential Public Health Services.” 

Why Become Accredited 

Accreditation challenges us to think about what we do and how we do it using tried and true methods. Accreditation also brings the recognition of reaching these high standards. The more efficient a health department is, the more effective we can be at doing our work – with an ultimate goal of protecting health and improving lives.

What It Means to US

The purpose of accreditation is to make sure that CPH is the best we can be. Every day, changes and adjustments are made so we can better serve Columbus residents and visitors.  It also provides a framework for how to continually improve everything we do.  It is a promise to the community, as well as partners, that CPH is the best it can be.

More About Accreditation 

The program, which is jointly supported by the CDC and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, sets standards against which the nation’s more than 3,000 governmental public health departments can continuously improve the quality of their services and performance.  Learn More