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Exploring Public Health Accreditation in the Army

Last Updated: August 01, 2018
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​Accreditation is a status that provides public notification that an institution, program, or agency meets standards of quality set forth by an accrediting agency. Accreditation helps health departments' measure their performance against a set of nationally recognized, practice focused, and evidence-based standards. Accreditation increases accountability to stakeholders and validates work of health departments on a set of recognized standards. Voluntary national public health department accreditation is a major initiative in the public health field today.

A public health accreditation initiative for Army preventive medicine and public health directly support the U.S. Army Medical Command System for Health transformation and High Reliability Organization goals.  Public health accreditation provides a means and a framework to continuously improve the quality of public health services provided by Preventive Medicine departments across the Army. This process can help drive healthy behaviors and healthy environments to improve the health, safety and readiness of Soldiers and their families, other beneficiaries and the Army community.


Public health accreditation is geared toward public health performance improvement. For more information please contact the Health Promotion & Wellness Portfolio:

Email Address:
Telephone: 410-436-2303/4656
DSN: 584-2303/4656
Mailing Address:
Army Public Health Center
5158 Blackhawk Road
Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010-5403