Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing

Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing

Fall 2019

Course Dates: September 23 - October 30, 2019

In-Person Session: October 14-16, 2019

Registration Opens July 9, 2019

This course is for registered nurses working in public health departments to address core public health nursing functions. This blended learning course includes two prerequisite online modules, required reading, a two-and-a-half-day in-person session (October 14-16, 2019) in Durham, N.C. and completion of a final exam.

The prerequisite modules will familiarize participants with the practice, issues and challenges of public health in North Carolina and review basic epidemiological concepts important to the practice of public health. The in-person 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. 

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 Enhanced Role Registered Nurse (ERRN) courses for nurses who do not have a BSN.

Course Providers

  • Public Health Nursing and Professional Development Unit, North Carolina Division of Public Health, 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
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health


    • Where

    • Hyatt Place Durham Southpoint Hotel
      7840 NC Hwy 751
      Durham, North Carolina 27713

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