Introduction to Public Health Nursing

November 16-18, 2015

Registration will open on August 17.

NC Division of Public HealthThis course is designed by the Office of Public Health Nursing and Professional Development to address public health core functions and aid public health nurses to develop a basic understanding of public health responsibilities in a variety of roles. It consists of two prerequisite online short courses and a two-and-a-half-day land-based session in Chapel Hill.

The prerequisite short courses will familiarize participants with the practice, issues, and challenges of public health in NC and review basic epidemiological concepts important to the practice of public health. The land-based session emphasizes a synthesis of nursing practice and public health. Nursing services directed to individuals, families, and groups will be presented in the context of improving the health of the populations.

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  • Public Health Nursing and Professional Development, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • The North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Who should take this course?

The target audience is registered nurses working in local health departments, particularly those who do not have a BSN degree. Successful completion of this course is a legal requirement for public health nurses who do not have a BSN during their first year of employment with a local health department. Ideal timing is after the first six months of employment, but the course must be completed within the first year of public health practice. Nurses with a BSN degree are also welcome to enroll in the course. Many find it a useful resource in acclimating to the public health environment. This course is a prerequisite for the Physical Assessment of Adults and Child Health Training ERN courses for nurses who do not have a BSN.

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Participants ARE REQUIRED to complete two short online courses as prerequisites to the Introduction to Public Health Nursing Course. These prerequisite online courses have separate registration systems, are free of charge, and award certificates upon completion. The prerequisites will require approximately eight hours to complete and must be done prior to the start of the on-site course in Chapel Hill.

The prerequisites are:

Participants must bring all 17 certificates to Chapel Hill for the Introduction to Public Health Nursing class. Without all 17 prerequisite certificates students will not be allowed to attend the class.

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Course Schedule

The land-based portion of the course consists of five modules taught over two-and-a-half days in Chapel Hill. Participants are expected to attend all sessions and are encouraged to be on-time. Course instruction will begin promptly at 9:00 am on day one and end at Noon on day three. There will be a brief, optional exam preparation session on day two.

Following the classroom sessions, participants will have two weeks to complete the final exam electronically through Sakai. The final exam will include content from the two prerequisites, assigned course readings and the land-based modules. Participants must pass the final exam with 80% proficiency in order to receive course credit.

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Stanhope, Marcia and Lancaster, Jeanette; Public Health Nursing: Population-Centered Health Care in the Community, Seventh Edition OR Stanhope, Marcia and Lancaster, Jeanette; Public Health Nursing: Population-Centered Health Care in the Community, Eighth Edition.

ALL participants need access to the course text. Specific readings for each module are specified in the course syllabus. A copy of the seventh edition of the text was provided to all local health departments in 2008 (one per county for districts). The seventh and eight editions can be found in local book stores, on Amazon or ordered from the UNC-CH Health Affairs Bookstore (phone 919-966-2208). Participants should locate a copy of the text prior to coming to Chapel Hill.

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Continuing Education/Contact Hours

An activity planning form for continuing education credit is being processed for this training. Stay tuned for updates.

Attendees must attend the full program in order to receive credit. No partial credit will be awarded.

Conflict of interest disclosure
No influential financial relationships have been disclosed by planners or presenters which would influence the planning of this activity. No commercial support has influenced the planning of the educational objectives and content of this event. Any commercial support will be used for events that are not CE related. There is no endorsement of any product by NCNA, ANCC, or other credentialing bodies associated with this session. No session relates to products governed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the event that a session does relate to products governed by the FDA, appropriate and off-label use will be shared.

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Conference Center

The conference will be held at the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill. Get directions to the Friday Center here.

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A block of rooms is being held at the Holiday Inn Express, 6119 Farrington Rd. Chapel Hill, NC for $84.00 plus tax per night. This rate includes breakfast & parking. Contact the hotel directly at 919-489-7555 to make a reservation. Make your reservations by October 20, 2015 and reference the “Introduction to Public Health Nursing Fall 2015” in order to get the discounted rate.

For directions, please refer to the hotel website.

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Fees: $80

Payments can be made by check, MasterCard or Visa. Checks should be made payable to UNC- Chapel Hill and mailed to NCIPH, Attn: Registrar, Campus Box 8165, Chapel Hill NC 27599.

Important: Registration and payment deadline is October 26. All registration fees must be postmarked no later than October 26, 2015 or your registration will be CANCELED.

Registration will open on August 17, 2015.


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Confirmation of Registration

Confirmation of registration will be done only by e-mail. If you have not received your confirmation email within two weeks prior to the start of the course please email Cherelle Whitfield at

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Cancellation and Refund Policies

If you find that you cannot attend this course you must cancel no later than October 26. Any cancellation received after October 26 will be charged the full registration fee. All cancelations must be received in writing. You may send cancellations to Cherelle Whitfield at Substitutions from the same organization are allowed at any time with prior notification to

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For more information

For more information, contact Cherelle Whitfield,, 919-843-9262.

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