For Local Health Departments

Local health departments work to improve the health of people and communities in North Carolina. Support resources that the division provides to health departments include generalized nursing consultation, administrative consultation, and accreditation.

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 Administrative Consultants

Aid to Counties (ATC) Toolkit

Administrative Monitoring

Budget Preparation, Maintenance of Effort and Reports

Consolidated Agreement and Program Agreement Addenda

Frequently Asked Questions

- Contacts - Updated 07/22/19

- Community Health Assessment

- About

- Guidelines for the Products

- Important Links

Data Links

Data is made available for each calendar year and may be released early.

The 2018 County Health Data Book is to be used for the assessments conducted during 2018 and due in 2019. For the CHA due in 2019, data from the 2018 County Health Data Book (generally 2016 data) is considered current.
Newer reports in the County Health Book include:

  • Births Where Mothers Smoked During Pregnancy
  • Births to Medicaid and WIC Mothers
  • Life Expectancy
  • Poisoning Deaths

Local Health Department Accreditation

National Resources

- Archived Resources

- Continuing Nursing Education

The NC Division of Public Health Approved Provider Unit (APU) serves NC Public Health Nurses by providing continuing education in the form of evidence-based Continuing Nursing Education (CNE). The APU sits in the Public Health Nursing and Professional Development Unit. The APU provides high-quality, evidence-based continuing education that is timely and relevant to current public health nursing practice. Educational activities provided by the APU 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 APU works independently and also partners with public, private, academic, and other public health practice entities to jointly provide CNE.


Kristin W. Briggs, MSN, RN, NCSN
Director, Continuing Nursing Education
Division of Public Health
Local Technical Assistance and Training Branch
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

"Principles and Practices of Public Health Nursing" Course

This course is mandated by administrative rule to be completed within the first year of hire for any associate degree or diploma-prepared RN hired by a local health department. It is recommended for any RN that is new to NC Public Health. The course is offered twice a year -- in the spring and fall. Course registration is handled by the NC Institute for Public Health at UNC-CH Gillings School of Global Public Health and e-mail announcements are sent to each local health department prior to each course.

- Documentation and Coding - Updated 08/15/19

Coding and Billing Guidance Documents

Coding and Billing Trainings and Handouts

Below are Coding and Billing Guidance Document training modules and handouts, archived by topic.

Coding and Billing Review Documents and Tools

Coding and Billing Resources

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

ICD Coding Resources

- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

- Pharmacy (previously labeled as Dispensing for Public Health Registered Nurses)

The new PHN Dispensing Training is now available below. 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. Please continue to send a copy of the attendance roster to the office PHN&PDU each time a training is offered in your agency.

- Policy and Procedure Development and Related Tools

Policies and procedures may be found under each of their respective topic headers below.

Fee Development and Fee Setting

Registration and Financial Eligibility

Billing and Collection of Revenue



Additional Resources


- Practice Management

- Problem Oriented Health Record (POHR)

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

- Standing Orders - Added 08/16/19

- Training Opportunities - Updated 08/16/19

Last Modified: August 19, 2019