Spring 2021

Due to COVID-19 the course will be offered completely online in spring 2021

Course Dates April 12– June 2, 2021

Mandatory live webinars

  • May 5:  8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • May 12:  8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • May 19:  9– 10:30 a.m.

Course Fee: $225

Registration is closed for the Spring 2021 session.

This course is for registered nurses working in public health departments to address core public health nursing functions. The course comprises required reading, synchronous sessions (live webinars), asynchronous sessions (on-demand modules),  course evaluation, and the completion of a final exam with a score of 80% or better.

The course familiarizes participants with public health and basic epidemiological concepts important to the practice of public health and emphasizes a synthesis of nursing practice and public health. Nursing services directed to individuals, families and groups are presented in the context of improving the health of the populations.

Course Requirements

Participants must complete all reading, online modules, attend all mandatory webinars, pass a final exam and complete the participant evaluation in order to receive NCPD contact hours. No partial credit will be awarded.

Students engage in a brainstorming session during Principles and Practices of Public Helath Nursing in Fall of 2019

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 all 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 welcomed 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 and Child Health Training Enhanced Role Registered Nurse (ERRN) courses for nurses who do not have a BSN.


Continuing Nursing Education/Contact Hours

Nursing professional development contact hours will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.

The Public Health Nursing Institute for Continuing Excellence is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Course Providers

This course is offered through a collaboration between the Public Health Nursing Institute for Continuing Excellence at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health and the North Carolina Institute for Public Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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For more information about the course, contact Lori Rhew at lorirhew@email.unc.edu.