University of Kansas

University of Kansas

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Overview of the Curriculum Innovation

The University of Kansas has revised their undergraduate curriculum based on the QSEN framework. They have introduced curriculum threads based on focused learning activities (FLAs). One of the population health FLAs focused on quality indicators at the population/systems level. This FLA is completed during the undergraduate population-based health practicum during which students work with various at-risk populations in settings such as urban public schools, community safety net clinics, and homeless shelters. Students are asked to identify population-based program impact indicators to compare with state and national benchmarks from Health People 2020.  The focus of this assignment is on program assessment. Students are asked to examine the data used to describe program impact as well as locate benchmarking data at state and national levels for comparison. 

The curriculum innovation has been in place for just over 1 year.  Student learning outcomes have not yet been finalized, but will be based on NCLEX performance and on potential qualitative indicators such as the preceptor’s evaluation of the student’s readiness for professional practice. 

A grading rubric for this undergraduate community health nursing activity has been developed and is available. 


Elaine Domian, PhD or Jill Peltzer, PhD
Kansas University Medical Center


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