Introduction to Public Health Nursing

May 5-7, 2015

Registration will open on February 16.

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 a central location.

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. The course is a prerequisite for the Physical Assessment of Adults course 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 you will not be allowed to attend the class.

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Course Schedule

The land-based part of the course consists of five modules taught over two-and-a-half days at a central location. Sessions begin at 8:30 am on day one, 8:45 on day two, and 9:00 am on day three. Classes end at 4:15 pm on day one, 4:30 on day two and at 12:00 pm on day three. There will be a brief, optional exam review session on Tuesday afternoon.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be expected to complete a final exam which will include content from both the prerequisites and the land-based modules.

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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.

A copy of the seventh edition of the text was provided to all local health departments in 2008 (one per county for districts). Counties have been notified that the eighth edition is available for purchase if they choose. Either book can be found in many local book stores or can be ordered from UNC-CH Health Affairs Bookstore (phone 919-966-2208). Appropriate readings for each module will be included in the syllabus.

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Continuing Education/Contact Hours

Nursing contact hours will be awarded by the Public Health Nursing and Professional Development Unit.

Public Health Nursing and Professional Development, Department of Health and Human Services, is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Special Note: Nurse licensees are required to attest to having completed one of several learning activity options during the preceding license renewal cycle and be prepared to submit evidence of completion if requested by the Board. Most of the learning activity options include continuing education activities related to the nurse’s practice. The Public Health Nursing and Professional Development Unit qualifies as an acceptable provider of continuing education as defined by the Board of Nursing for the Continuing Competence process. Therefore, if the content of this educational program is congruent with your individual learning plan, it will meet the Continuing Competence requirement for relicensure in your license renewal period.

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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 $74.00 plus tax per night. This rate includes breakfast & parking. Contact the hotel directly at 919-489-7555 to make a reservation. In order to get the group rate you must make your reservations no later than April 20, 2015. You must mention that you are with the Intro. To Public Health Nursing group to get the discounted rate.  For directions, please refer to hotel website The Holiday Inn Express.

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Fees: $80

Important: Registration and payment deadline is April 20. All registration fees must be postmarked no later than April 20 or your registration will be CANCELED.

Important Note Before You Register: When you click “Go to Registration” below, you will be taken to our registration page. You will see a list of our programs arranged by date. Find the program you want to register for, and click “Register Now” next to it. You will then go to a login page where you can set up an account, which you will be able to use every time you register for an NCIPH program, or you can login if you have an existing account. If you have any questions about registration, please contact us at

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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 April 20. Any cancellation received after April 20 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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