Care of Populations: Policy

This badge focuses on developing Policy Development & Program Planning Skills, based on the Core Competencies for Public Health professionals, Tier 1. Course activities will help student build awareness, understanding and capacities related health improvement planning, developing program goals and objectives, strategic planning, public health policy, and quality improvement.

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Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Contribute to state/Tribal/community health improvement planning
  • Describe organizational strategic plan components
  • Gather information that can inform options for policies, programs, and services
  • Apply strategies for continuous quality improvement

Credit Hours
Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria

Contact Hours for Professional Relicensure
Nursing - Wichita State University College of Health Professions is approved as a provider of CNE by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 7.5 contact hours applicable for RN or LPN relicensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing provider number: #LT 0090-0327

Social Workers - This program has been pre-approved by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board for continuing education for social workers. These course offerings are approved for 7.5 contact hours applicable for relicensure. (BSRB approval #05-001).


    Sonja Armbruster, MA

    Ms. Armbruster serves as Director of the Center for Public Health Iniatives at Wichita State University’s Community Engagement Institute. She leads a team which provides training and technical assistance to the state health department as well as local health departments and other health services agencies
    across the state. Sonja joined WSU in 2013. Previously, she worked for nearly 10 years at the Sedgwick County Health Department where she served in several administrative roles. Ms. Armbruster serves as adjunct faculty for both the University of Kansas Master of Public Health Program and the Wichita State University College of Health Professions. She chaired her community health improvement coalition, the Wichita Health Alliance, for six years and still serves on the leadership team. She is a board member at E.C. Tyree Health & Dental Clinic as well as a member of the College of Health Professions Dean’s Advisory Committee. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Communication, both from Wichita State University.

    Care of Populations: Policy Badge


    CRN Course # Term
    26351 HP 570BF Spring 2018