Cost: $100

Leadership skills consistent with collaborative approaches are essential and need to be part of organizations that interest with the larger public health system. This badge will introduce six key practices of collaborative leadership: Assessing the Environment, Creating Clarity, Sharing Power and Influence, Building Trust, Self Reflection, and Developing People. Course activities will build collaborative and team-oriented leadership capacity among public health professionals as well as diverse state and local community partners.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Identify needs for collaborative leadership and professional development
  2. Describes the ways public health, health care, and other organizations can work together or individually to impact the health of a community
  3. Understand public health as part of a larger inter-related system of organizations that influence the health of populations at local, national, and global levels
  4. Consider standards of practice into all interactions with individuals, organizations, and communities.

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.

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Credit Criteria

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria

Contact Hours for Professional Relicensure

Nursing: Nurses seeking Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) for a badge course, must submit an Individual Offering Approval (IOA) application to the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) for official approval PRIOR to renewal of your nursing license. The IOA can be found on

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).


Suzanne Hawley

Suzanne R. Hawley, PhD, MPH

Dr. Suzanne Hawley is a public health academician and licensed clinical psychologist. She is Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at Wichita State University and served as PHS department chair from 2011-2015.

She served as faculty and MPH site director at University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, as well as Co-director of the Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute (KPHLI).

She is inspired by the natural growth capacity and power of individuals and communities. She has coaching certifications from both the International Coach Federation (ICF) and the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC).

She completed her bachelor’s and master's in psychology from California State University, San Bernardino. She also completed a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree with a concentration in Biostatistics, and a PhD in clinical psychology, both at Loma Linda University in California. She has worked as a clinician and researcher in various multidisciplinary settings over the past two decades. This includes educational, community mental health, psychiatric hospital, and prison settings.