Professional development for your busy schedule

Our professional development opportunities cover a range of current topics for public health professionals.

  • View the NCIPH catalog to browse additional courses offered throughout the year.
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R for Epi and Public Health

Note: R for Epi and Public Health, scheduled for May 1, 2020, has been cancelled.

This one-day, intensive workshop is designed for those interested in using R for public health and epidemiologic analysis of data in their own work settings. Taught by epidemiology doctoral students, it provides a hands-on introduction to R and RStudio, a powerful, free, open-source and community-supported statistical programming language that is ideal for use with public health and healthcare data, particularly in resource settings where other statistical programs may be cost prohibitive.

Registration is not open for this course
Fee: $250 for local health department staff, $265 for all others.

Data for Impact

Develop best practices for data collection, visualization and communication that you can put straight to use when you return to the office. Data for Impact combines an expanded version of our popular “Data Bootcamp” and “Storytelling for Public Health” workshops to help you take your organization through the steps of identifying data needs, collecting primary data, displaying data for maximum clarity and impact and crafting messages that resonate with decision-makers and the community.

Each day of Data for Impact is its own stand-alone course, so participants can register for whichever days are most relevant to their work and needs.

Participants can also extend their learning beyond the classroom with individual phone consultation from the instructors. These consultations can be purchased in one-hour increments for $125.

Day 1: Collecting and Analyzing Data for Public Health
What do you do when community-level data for a health issue are not available? Learn how to collect and analyze your own community data and extract key messages to guide health improvement planning.

Day 2: Mapping and Visualizing Community Health Data
Data visualizations are important tools for communicating your community’s health status and needs. Learn how to create traditional charts and graphs, and begin creating interactive figures and maps that are informative and impactful.

“The introduction to visualizations and mapping was immensely helpful. I was not familiar with any of the “free” websites available to create these visualizations and really look forward to learning how to use them effectively.”

Day 3: Storytelling for Public Health: Crafting Effective Messages for Your Organization
Become a confident storyteller for your organization, from identifying messages that resonate with your stakeholders to creating a communications plan. Learn strategies for verbal and visual communication to help your audience connect with your data and want to take action.

Fee: $350 – $900
1 Day - $350; 2 Days - $650; 3 Days - $900*Registration days may be shared among multiple staff from the same agency.


These workshops are being offered with funding support and partnership from the NC AHEC Program.


For questions regarding this training please contact Lori Rhew at


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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.