For Local Health Departments

by the Local Technical Assistance & Training Branch (LTAT) Branch and Office of the Chief Public Health Nurse (OCPHN)


North Carolina Public Health works to improve the health of its people and communities. The Local Technical Assistance & Training (LTAT) Branch and the Office of the Chief Public Health Nurse (OCPHN) provide resources, consultation, and technical assistance that supports the work of the state and local health departments., which include generalized nursing, administrative, and financial consultation, training & technical assistance. Our continuing education unit provides accredited educational activities for the state and local public health workforce. We also provide NCTracks support for state and local public health programs.

The Chief Public Health Nurse provides leadership in shaping an effective and efficient system of programs and services in North Carolina by directing, collaborating on, implementing and evaluating statewide public health and public health nursing policy development and standards with the purpose of improving quality of health care delivery at the local level.

General Information

General Information
  • Practice Management
  • Record Retention
  • Training Reimbursement


Administrative & Financial Support Unit (AFSU)
  • Aid to Counties (ATC) Toolkit
  • Administrative Monitoring
  • Budget Prep & Monitoring
  • Consolidated Agreement & AA’s
  • Forms & Tools
  • Policy & Procedure Development
  • Training


OCPHN Regional Nurse Consultant Unit (formerly PHNPDU)
  • Clinical Record Review Documents & Tools
  • Documentation Guidelines
  • Documentation & Training from Licensing Boards
  • Problem Oriented Health Records (POHR)
  • Public Health Nursing Manual
    • Standing Order Guidance & Template
  • Training


Public Health Nursing Institute for Continuing Excellence (PHNICE)
  • Continuing Nursing Education
  • Principles & Practices of PHN

  NC Public Health Pharmacy

NC Public Health Pharmacy
  • PHN Dispensing Training
  • Naloxone & Nicotine Replacement Therapy Standing Order Guidance

Coding & Billing Resources

Coding & Billing Resources
  • E/M Coding Resources
  • COVID-19 & Monkeypox Resources
  • Coding & Billing Resources

 Administrative and Financial Support Unit - Updated 12/20/21

 Aid to Counties (ATC) Toolkit

 Administrative Monitoring

 Budget Preparation, Maintenance of Effort and Reports

 Consolidated Agreement and Program Agreement Addenda - Updated 07/29/22

 Forms and Tools - Added 05/06/20

-Policy and Procedure Development and Related Tools - Updated 08/26/20

-Training - Updated 05/11/20

 Continuing Nursing Education (PHNICE)

The Public Health Nursing Institute for Continuing Excellence (PHNICE) serves NC Public Health Nurses by providing continuing education in the form of evidence-based Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD). The PHNICE sits in the Local Technical Assistance and Training Branch. The PHNICE provides high-quality, evidence-based continuing professional development that is timely and relevant to current public health nursing practice. Educational activities provided by the PHNICE are developed primarily to meet the educational needs of NC Public Health Nurses. However, we know that Public Health Nurses do not work in a vacuum. Therefore, our courses and content areas often meet the educational needs of other public health staff, including Advanced-Practice Practitioners (NPs and PAs), physicians, and other public health professionals. The PHNICE works independently and also partners with public, private, academic, and other public health practice entities to jointly provide NCPD.


Kristin W. Briggs, MSN, RN
Director, Public Health Nursing Institute for Continuing Excellence
Workforce Development Contract Administrator
Division of Public Health
Local Technical Assistance and Training Branch
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

NCPD Nurse Planner Portal

Principles Practices of Public Health Nursing

The target audience is registered nurses working in local health departments, particularly those who do not have a BSN degree to address core public health nursing functions. 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.  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.  The course comprises required reading, synchronous sessions (live webinars), asynchronous sessions (recorded modules),  course evaluation, and the completion of a final exam with a score of 80% or better.

PPPHN Course Overview

 General Information

-Practice Management

-Record Retention

-Training Reimbursement - New 07/29/20

Subject to the availability of funds and approval of the Local Technical Assistance & Training Branch, the LHD may request reimbursement for:

  1. Nursing service personnel participating in Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing course. Reimbursement is $400 per participant upon successful completion of the course.
  2. LHD Management/Supervision level staff participating in the Management and Supervision for Public Health Professionals course. Reimbursement is $600 per participant upon successful completion of the course.

Reimbursement requests must be submitted by the LHD to within the same fiscal year the course is completed.
Funds Reimbursement Request Form (Excel, 42 KB)


 Office of the Chief Public Health Nurse Regional Nurse Consultant Unit

-Clinical Record Review Documents and Tools

Documentation Guidelines

The following documents provide general principles of evaluation and management (E/M) documentation, common sets of codes used to bill for E/M services, and E/M services providers.

-Documentation Guidance from Licensing Boards

-Problem Oriented Health Record (POHR)

For DPH program forms (including POHR forms) see program websites.

-Public Health Nursing Manual


-Public Health Pharmacy

-Nurse Dispensing

PHN&PDU is no longer offering continuing education credits in association with the training. Your pharmacist may use these materials for training, but you will need to issue your own certificate of completion and maintain your own attendance and training agenda records for Accreditation and the Board of Pharmacy.

-Standing Orders

-340b Resource Links

Last Modified: 01-27-23