North Carolina Health Professions Data System (HPDS)
The North Carolina Health Professions Data System (HPDS) collects and disseminates descriptive data on selected licensed health professionals in North Carolina. The HPDS is maintained by the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in collaboration with the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC), and the state’s independent health professional licensing boards. Ongoing financial support is provided by the NC AHEC Program Office and the Office of the Provost at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Established in 1974-75, the HPDS has produced and maintained continuous data files since 1979. For most health professions the information includes name, home address, business address, birth year, sex, race, information on basic professional education (i.e. school name and state, year graduated, and degree), specialty, activity status, form of employment, practice setting, total hours worked in an average week and percent time in direct patient care.
Professions included in the North Carolina Health Professions Data System
|Certified Nurse Midwives||Physical Therapists|
|Chiropractors||Physical Therapist Assistants|
|Dental Hygienists||Physician Assistants|
|Dentists||Physicians (MDs and DOs)|
|Licensed Practical Nurses||Physicians in Residency Training|
|Occupational Therapists||Practicing Psychologists|
|Occupational Therapy Assistants||Psychological Associates|
The data for the North Carolina Health Professions Data System are provided to the respective licensing boards by health professionals at the time of initial licensure or renewal. The data are maintained by the Sheps Center but at all times remain the property of the licensing boards.
The Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy compiled a series of four policy briefs on North Carolina’s experience collecting and using health workforce data to answer policy questions, inform decisions, and determine the need for health professions education programs. The series aims to demonstrate the value of investing in systems to reliably gather health workforce data to support policy.