NC Public Health Social Work Continuing Education and Training Advisory Committee
Social Work Month
Committee Members
Continuing Education Programs
Welcome Letter for New Public Health Social Workers
PHSW Standards and Competencies
NC Student Social Work Intern Field Placement Guidelines for Public Health Agencies
NCPHA Social Work Section
Social Work Section Awards
Speaker's Bureau
Achievements and Events Timeline
A History of Social Work in Public Health
Staying Connected

What is the Mission of CETAC?

CETAC’s mission is to advance the practice and profession of Public Health Social Work and assure high quality education and training for Public Health Social Workers.

Who is on CETAC?

Committee members are jointly appointed by the North Carolina Division of Public Health Director,  and the Dean of the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Representatives on the committee come from state and local health departments, other public health settings, associations of public health, and schools of social work.  Members serve a three-year term.

What has CETAC Accomplished?

Over the years CETAC has sponsored or cosponsored a variety of continuing education programs for public health social workers such as public health social work conferences, basic skills training, public health social work orientation, trainings on immigration, cultural beliefs, health care and the law and emergency preparedness, to name a few.   The committee has also worked to help develop public health social work standards at the state and national level and promote the profession of public health social work through its annual March Social Work Month mailings to local public health agencies.

What are the Current Goals/Priorities of CETAC?

  • Assure high quality training and education for public health social workers
  • Increase awareness of public health social work practice among social work students and other disciplines
  • Enhance value (of profession) of public health social work practice
  • Maintain public health social work staffing and capacity in state and local public health programs

What are the CETAC Subcommittees?

Executive, Nominating, Public Health Social Work Conference/Principles and Practices of PHSW, Marketing Committee and Advocacy workgroup, Public Health Social Work Leadership Development, Social Work Personnel Classification System Committee and Public Health Social Work Training, Certification and Credentialing Committee.

How can You Get Involved?

CETAC is always looking for public health social workers to participate on its various subcommittees.  You do not have to be a CETAC member to participate on a subcommittee.  If interested in volunteering, please contact Deborah Smith, CETAC Secretary, at (919) 359-3081 or