***An Important Notice to Our Training Website Audience***

On March 31st, at 11:59 PM ET the North Carolina Institute of Public Health Training Website will be retired.

For more than 17 years, the NCIPH Training Website has been a trusted resource for quality online public health trainings with over 321,000 training completions for more than 110,000 persons in 178 countries since the site was launched. Maintaining a comprehensive "home-grown" learning management system in the face of rapidly changing technology and an explosion of free online training offerings no longer makes sense and so, in Spring 2020 we are retiring the NCIPH Training Website (TWS) entirely.

What does this mean for you?

You must complete all training activity in the Training Website by the end of day on March 31st. After that, you will not be able to begin new trainings, or complete in-progress trainings, on the site. The Real-Time Assessment and Learning Tool (RALT) will no longer be available when the NCIPH Training Website retires. We highly recommend downloading or printing all training records (completions, assessments, certificates, RALT data) if you want to retain them. However, TWS users will still be able to access their transcripts and individual course certificates through the end of 2020.

Where will the TWS content go?

Fortunately, many of our online training modules will be made available through other sources. In particular, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be hosting many of the trainings currently on the TWS through the national TRAIN learning management system. Please visit our Where Are My Trainings? page for up-to-date information on where various trainings will be hosted.

Public Health Preparedness Planning (Basics of Public Health Preparedness, Module 2)

Length: 40 minutes
Description:This module provides background about public health preparedness planning and discusses different types of planning. It discusses strategic planning to achieve public health preparedness capabilities and introduces several ways to format plans. Finally, strategies for overcoming barriers to planning are listed.
To Access and Complete This Training:

To create a login ID and password for the NCIPH Training Website, click on the Create An Account link. If you have previously created an account, click on the Login to Training Link. Please read over the information on this page first.

This training was developed with the support of the UNC Preparedness and Emergency Response Learning Center (UNC PERLC), a funded project of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC Cooperative Agreement 1U90TP000415). The UNC PERLC gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the West Virginia Center for Threat Preparedness and the North Carolina Public Health Preparedness and Response Branch in shaping the content and framework for this training.

Learning Objectives

Training Personnel


Meredith Davis, MPH, CPH


Jessica Southwell, MPH

NCIPH Reviewer:

Allison George, MPH, MCHES

Subject Matter Expert Reviewers:

Susan Sullivan, RN-BC, MS, Public Health Nurse Consultant, Training/Exercise Facilitator, Public Health Preparedness and Response Branch Central Regional Office, North Carolina Division of Public Health

Martha Salyers, MD, MPH, CEM, Public Health Preparedness Consultant, Health and Medical Division, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians

Additional Expertise Provided by:

Christina Richmond, Emergency Planner, Center for Threat Preparedness, WV Bureau for Public Health

Jerry Rhodes, Director, Center for Threat Preparedness, WV Bureau for Public Health

The author(s) and reviewer(s) of this training have no personal financial relationships with commercial interests relevant to this presentation to disclose. Author, narrator, reviewer affiliations listed were current at the time of training development.

Competencies and Capability Functions Addressed

This training addresses selected applied epidemiology, core public health, and public health preparedness and response competencies and public health preparedness capability functions. (Please note: The competencies included on this site are just a few of the public health competencies which have been established. Training participants may find alignment between this training and other competency sets not included on this site.)

Public Health Preparedness Capabilities
Capability 1, Function 4: Coordinate training or guidance to ensure community engagement in preparedness efforts
Public Health Preparedness & Response Core Competencies
3.2. Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans.
3.3. Participate in improving the organization's capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws, and workforce training).


National Association of County and City Health Officials. Project Public Health Ready 2012 criteria. September 2011. Updated September 29, 2011. http://www.naccho.org/topics/emergency/PPHR/upload/PPHR-Criteria-2012_FINAL.pdf. Accessed October 11, 2011.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health preparedness capabilities: national standards for state and local planning. Updated March 2011. http://www.cdc.gov/phpr/capabilities/. Accessed November 3, 2011.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency. Comprehensive preparedness guide 101: developing and maintaining emergency operations plans, version 2.0. November 2010. http://www.fema.gov/pdf/about/divisions/npd/CPG_101_V2.pdf. Accessed March 2, 2012.

North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management. State of North Carolina emergency operations plan. http://www.ncdps.gov/div/em/documents/NCEOP-2010-PublicVersion.pdf. Accessed August 15, 2012.

Goode, B. Talk presented at: Contingency Planning Association of the Carolinas; November 30, 2006. http://www.cpaccarolinas.org/docs/Symposium06/SymPres06-Goode.pdf. Accessed August 15, 2012.

North Carolina Division of Public Health. Pandemic influenza plan. http://epi.publichealth.nc.gov/cd/flu/plan.html. Accessed August 15, 2012.

To Access and Complete This Training:

To create a login ID and password for the NCIPH Training Website, click on the Create An Account link. If you have previously created an account, click on the Login to Training Link. Please read over the information on this page first.