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The Ohio Department of Health received accreditation from the national Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) in November 2015 (read announcement here). Ohio’s local health districts that also are accredited:

  • Columbus Public Health

  • Clermont County Health District

  • Delaware General Health District

  • Erie County Health Department

  • Franklin County Public Health

  • Hamilton County General Health District 

  • Henry County Health Department

  • Huron County Public Health

  • Lake County General Health District

  • Licking County Health Department

  • Lorain County General Health District

  • Mahoning County District Board of Health

  • Medina County Health Department

  • Preble County General Health District

  • Stark County Health Department

  • Summit County Combined General Health District

  • Union County Health Department

  • Wood County Health District


The 2012 Legislative Committee on Public Health Futures report recommended that all local health districts shall meet PHAB eligibility within five years. Recognizing the benefits of PHAB accreditation, the 130th General Assembly in 2013 codified the authority for the Director of Health to require all local health districts to apply for accreditation by 2018 and to become accredited by 2020. Requiring Ohio's local health districts to become accredited by PHAB will demonstrate that they are meeting or exceeding a common set of national standards; have the capacity to provide core public health services; and are continually striving to improve service, value, and accountability to stakeholders.


Ohio Revised Code Sec. 3701.13

As a condition precedent to receiving funding from the department of health, the director of health may require general or city health districts to apply for accreditation by July 1, 2018, and be accredited by July 1, 2020 by an accreditation body approved by the director. The director of health, by July 1, 2016, shall conduct an evaluation of general and city health district preparation for accreditation, including an evaluation of each district's reported public health quality indicators as provided in section 3701.98 of the Revised Code.

Last Updated: 12/4/2017