Boards of Health Training Offerings

Orientation for Local Public Health Governing Boards

There are three parts to the Orientation for Local Public Health Governing Boards:

Part 1: Introduction to Public Health in NC

This free online series of six short modules serves as a basic introduction to the practice of public health in North Carolina and is a recommended prerequisite for all new public health governing board members before attending Part 2. Each module is 20-30 minutes and completion of the entire series takes 2 ½-3 hours. Register for Introduction to Public Health in NC here.

Part 2: Roles and Responsibilities of Local Public Health Governing Boards

This training is provided through funding from the Local Technical Assistance & Training Branch within the NC Division of Public Health and meets NC Local Health Department Accreditation program requirements regarding orientation of new board of health members.

This training is available in either online or in-person formats:

  • The free online training (2.6 hours) is divided into three sections. Register for the online training here.
  • The in-person training (2 hours) is led by an experienced, retired health director or by a former board of health member who has served at either the local, state, or national level. For more information or to schedule an in-person training session, please contact Jackie McIver at 919-966-3309 or jkeith@email.unc.edu.
Part 3: Supplemental Learning

Once new board members have completed Part 2, they are encouraged to continue their training. Suggestions for supplemental learning include the following:

Additional resources, references and tools for local public health governing boards are available on the NCIPH Boards of Health Resources page on this website.

On-going Training for Local Public Health Governing Boards

NCIPH offers a number of training opportunities for local public health governing boards looking to meet ongoing board training requirements for accreditation or local board policies for regular/annual training.

NC Board of Health Rulemaking Authority

This online training is designed to explain rulemaking authority as it applies to a local board of health including the board’s general authority to make rules, limitations on this authority, and procedural requirements that NC law imposes on the rulemaking process. The training may be accessed as needed for “just-in-time” training when boards are actively engaged in rulemaking or used towards meeting requirements for ongoing training for board of health members.

Introduction to Public Health in NC

This free online series of six short modules serves as a basic introduction to the practice of public health in North Carolina. While it is required for all new board members, existing board members are encouraged to complete the series as a refresher to public health in N.C.

UNC School of Government – North Carolina Public Health Law

The UNC School of Government hosts a number of trainings and resources related to NC public health law including annual legislative updates, and legal conferences.

NCIPH Boards of Health Resources

NCIPH has compiled a page of resources for local public health governing boards including links to state and national agencies who provide training materials and resources.

Continuing education through NC AHEC

The NC AHEC program offers a valuable local resource for training opportunities.