Care of Populations: Leadership and Systems Thinking


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.

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 Application (IOA) to the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) for official approval PRIOR to renewal of your nursing license. The IOA can be found on or go to

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 R. Hawley, PhD, MPH

Suzanne R. Hawley, PhD, MPH

Dr. Hawley is a Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences (PHS) at Wichita State University, and previously the PHS Department Chair. Her work has focused on leadership development/training, health disparities, and mental health. She has published approximately 40 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in addition to giving more than 150 presentations both locally and internationally. Her formal education includes Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Psychology from California State University. In addition, she has a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Biostatistics and a PhD in Clinical Psychology, both
from Loma Linda University in California. In 2011, Dr. Hawley received the Kansas Public Health Associations’s highest Award, the Samuel J. Crumbine medal, for her contributions to public health workforce and leadership development.

Care of Populations: Leadership Badge


CRN Course # Term
16606 HP 570 BB Fall 2021