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Public Health Nursing


Public health nursing is rooted in the promotion of physical and mental health, the prevention of disease, injury, and disability. Public health nursing practice includes the individual client, the family and support system of the client, as well as the community in which the client lives. The public health nurse functions in client homes, in local health department and community clinics, in schools, and other community service institutions. The nurse provides services to monitor health status, to identify health problems, educate people about health issues, develop partnerships to identify and solve problems, develop policies and plans for individuals and communities, link people to needed personal health services thereby assuring the provision of health care when otherwise unavailable, and to evaluate the effectiveness, accessibility and quality of personal and population-based services.


  • Technical assistance and training to public health nursing personnel and others working in local health departments.
  • Facilitate collaboration between public health nurse educators and practitioners.
  • Staffs the Ohio Council of Nursing (OCON), an advisory group to the Director of the Ohio Department of Health regarding nursing issues in the State of Ohio.
  • Provides formal training courses and conferences such as: Introduction to Public Health Nursing Services, Management of Public Health Nursing Services, ODH Nurse‚Äôs Update, and regional public health nursing conferences.

Additional Information:

Mailing Address:
Ohio Department of Health
Public Health Nursing
246 North High Street
P.O. Box 118
Columbus, OH 43216-0118

Telephone: (614) 466-9838
Fax: (614) 644-8526


Last Updated: 3/11/04