North Carolina Health Professions Data System (HPDS)

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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, downloadDataButton_circle_042415business 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.

Access county-level data since 2000 here.

Access various presentations and publications here.


Professions included in the North Carolina Health Professions Data System

Certified Nurse MidwivesPhysical Therapists
ChiropractorsPhysical Therapist Assistants
Dental HygienistsPhysician Assistants
DentistsPhysicians (MDs and DOs)
Licensed Practical NursesPhysicians in Residency Training
Nurse PractitionersPodiatrists
Occupational TherapistsPracticing Psychologists
Occupational Therapy AssistantsPsychological Associates
OptometristsRegistered Nurses
PharmacistsRespiratory Therapists

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.


Health Workforce Data and Policy Briefs Series

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.