Online Orientation

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PHAB Online Orientation

Welcome to the Public Health Accreditation Board’s online orientation to public health department accreditation. The purpose of this orientation is to give you a solid overview of public health department accreditation. Whether you are an applicant or someone with an interest in learning more about national public health department accreditation, this series of modules will give you an overview of the PHAB accreditation process.

The information and material is covered in four modules, along with opening and evaluation modules.

1 – A General Overview of Public Health Department Accreditation

2 – An Introduction to the Accreditation Process

3 – The Nuts and Bolts of the PHAB Accreditation Process

4 – Understanding the PHAB Standards and Measures and Documentation

The 4 modules will each take about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. You may review them all in one sitting, which should take about two hours, or you may review each of the modules individually. While you may complete the modules in any order desired, we suggest that you complete them in sequence as the information presented in a module builds upon the previous module. Once you have completed the four modules, you will be directed to an evaluation that must be finished and submitted prior to receiving credit for the orientation. The evaluation will help PHAB understand if the orientation is presenting you with the information you need.


Each of the modules is intended as a stand-alone presentation and is designed to emphasize some aspect of the accreditation process. If you complete all modules in one sitting, the modules will contain information that will reinforce content in the previous module or will elaborate upon the earlier information. If the modules are completed one at a time, some content will serve as a refresher for a previous module. Some material is emphasized, such as the three prerequisites that must be submitted with an application, because PHAB feels that the material calls for special attention by applicant health departments. The material is intended to show you the importance of various activities within the accreditation process steps.


While the orientation is available to anyone who has an interest in national public health department accreditation, Accreditation Coordinators and health department directors must complete the orientation prior to the health department submitting a Statement of Intent to PHAB. Accreditation Coordinators or health department directors may also desire to use the modules for staff or governance meetings.

Modules 1 and 2 will appeal to anyone who has a desire to learn more about national public health department accreditation and the PHAB accreditation process. Module 3 targets Accreditation Coordinators, accreditation teams, and others who will be leading the health department through the accreditation process. Module 4 also targets Accreditation Coordinators and teams, and those who will be responsible for collecting documentation for the standards and measures.

For Applicants

The completion of the online orientation is a requirement for any applicant public health department prior to the submission of the Statement of Intent (SOI). The health department director and the Accreditation Coordinator must complete the full orientation. Upon completion, each participant will receive a unique personal identification number, or PIN, that must be entered in the Statement of Intent. The Accreditation Coordinator and the health department director must view the orientation individually, as verification for both individuals will be requested upon submission of your Statement of Intent.

To Receive Credit

There are two ways to receive credit after watching the webinars. Upon completion of each webinar, a short quiz is offered. In addition, an evaluation must be completed to obtain a PIN. Health department directors and Accreditation Coordinators who wish to obtain a PIN must select the “Take the Evaluation” link under the “For Directors & Coordinators” heading. You must complete all four modules, including the quiz, to take this evaluation. Anyone who views all the modules can complete the evaluation if they desire. If you would like to receive credit for one or more modules but you are not an Accreditation Coordinator or a health department director, you may select the “Take the Evaluation” link under the “For All Other Participants” heading. This evaluation does not award a PIN, and can be completed after only one module has been viewed.

Go to the Online Accreditation Orientation to get started today. (In doing so, you will be leaving the PHAB website and will be directed to the online orientation hosted by UK HealthCare CECentral.)

Troubleshooting issues with CECentral

If there is a technical issue with functionality or viewing the modules:

Click on the “Contact Us” tab or go to

• Submit a comment about the problem you are having, such as:

The video will not start after I click the “begin” button.

Clicking on “proceed” does not take me to the “get credit” page.

• Use the same computer and browser that you were using when the error occurred.

 CECentral will respond to you.


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