University of South Florida

Florida’s health department, a USF Health partner, first to get national accreditation

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has been a long-standing partner of the USF College of Public Health. This year that bond grows stronger with the DOH’s recent accreditation.

In March, the state’s DOH became the first in the nation to achieve national accreditation through the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB)’s integrated local public health department system application.

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The DOH’s state health office in Tallahassee, in addition to all 67 local health departments, became accredited as a one centralized system. This effort required a huge undertaking by both central office and local health department staff and the various PHAB site reviewers.

“Obtaining accreditation status demonstrates our collective efforts to continuously improve the quality and performance of the public health services we provide on a daily basis to our local community,” said Douglas Holt, MD, professor and director of the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, and director of the DOH in Hillsborough County.

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