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Public Health Nurse Ready (PHN Ready)

Public Health Nurse Ready (PHN Ready) is a free online certificate program for RNs working in public health, or desiring to know about how public health works. LPNs may find the certificate of interest as well.  All courses are self‐paced and online. It does not offer academic credit, however, many of the courses provide continuing education credits.

The courses in this certificate provide a foundation of core public health concepts and practices. Topics include: cultural competency, public health literacy, program evaluation, basic epidemiology, core functions and essential services of public health. These courses reflect the core public health competencies set forth by the Quad Council of Public Health Nursing Organizations.

To earn the PHN Ready Certificate:

  1. Download the course tracking sheet.
  2. Create an account at, enroll and complete all of the required courses.
  3. Once you have finished all required coursework, you must complete the “PHN Ready Request for Certificate” certificate request survey.

***Certificate requests are processed the 1st week of the month. Please plan your submission accordingly.***

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions, or e-mail with any questions.


Retention Strategies

Please click above on “Retention Strategies” in blue to access the webinar. Once the webinar opens in a new tab, the handouts are available in the square box under the PowerPoint.  Click on the down arrow to download the handouts.  The Survey link to the evaluation and certificate are on a slide at the end of the presentation.  Click on the link when it appears to go to the survey; it is visible only a few minutes.  Please take the survey within a few days of viewing the presentation.  The webinar is avaialble through May 2, 2022. 

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