Meet accreditation standards and deepen your governing board’s understanding of public health issues with free, online or in-person trainings. Our online training materials are suitable for individual use or for group presentation. A free, in-person training option is available for the courses indicated with an asterisk (*).

Orientation Training

These trainings are specifically intended for new members of public health governing boards in North Carolina.

Introduction to Public Health in North Carolina

This free, online series of five short modules provides a basic orientation to public health and working in North Carolina governmental public health. It is a recommended prerequisite to Roles and Responsibilities of Local Public Health Governing Boards. Learn more about the Introduction to Public Health in North Carolina Online Training Series.

Roles and Responsibilities of Local Public Health Governing Boards*

This course provides an introduction to the key roles and responsibilities that North Carolina local boards of health are charged with. It covers:

  • An overview of key concepts in public health.
  • The sources of public health law in North Carolina and the legal responsibilities and authority of public health in North Carolina.
  • The different possible structures for local public health governing boards and governance strategies for serving as an effective board of health member.

This training material is intended to align with the board of health training referenced in North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Activity 36.2. Learn more about the Roles and Responsibilities of Local Public Health Governing Boards training, available online or in person.

Ongoing Training

Board of Health MeetingNCIPH recommends continuing training opportunities for all local public health governing boards looking to meet ongoing board training requirements for accreditation or comply with local board policies for regular training.

NC Board of Health Rulemaking Authority

Updated in 2021

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 North Carolina 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. Learn more about the North Carolina Board of Health Rulemaking Authority training.

Healthy NC 2030*

This online presentation on Healthy North Carolina 2030 provides an overview of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services’ health goals for our state via the Healthy NC 2030 framework. Participants will learn about the areas of focus for this framework and discuss the role of boards of health within Healthy North Carolina 2030. This presentation will explain HNC 2030, describe areas of focus for HNC 2030, and discuss the role of Boards of Health within HNC 2030. Learn more about the Healthy NC 2030 training, available online or in person.

Public Health 3.0*

This online presentation describes Public Health 3.0, which was first introduced in 2016 in a national reportPublic Health 3.0 is a model that recognizes that building healthy communities in which everyone can thrive requires strategic collaborations with traditional and non-traditional partners and focusing on the needs of the community to advance health and achieve health equity through deliberate attention to health determinants. Learn more about the Public Health 3.0 training, available online or in person.

Additional Resources

UNC School of Government Public Health Law Training

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

Continuing Education Through NC AHEC

The North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program (NC AHEC) offers a valuable local resource for additional training opportunities. Access the NC AHEC training catalog.

To schedule an in-person training session, complete our North Carolina Local Board of Health Training Request form. For questions or more information, contact Cherelle Whitfield at

NCIPH’s educational programs reflect our organizational values as well as those of UNC Gillings. Diversity, inclusiveness and civility are core values and characteristics of the School.

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