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Tanya L. Honderick, MPH, M.S., R.N.

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Director, Master of Public Health Program, Kansas City Campus, SOM-Kansas City, Population Health

Education Instructor, Population Health

Professional Background

Tanya Honderick, MPH, MS, RN is director of the Master of Public Health (KU-MPH) program at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Her role is essential to daily operations of the KU-MPH program, including recruitment of a highly qualified and diverse student body, coordination and implementation of admissions and enrollment procedures, development of program concentrations and curriculum, program planning and evaluation, and accreditation activities. Additionally, she represents the program to the broader university, surrounding community, and statewide stakeholders. She works regularly with regional and state public health leaders, especially around issues of public health workforce development, education, and research. She has served on the executive board of the Kansas Public Health Association (KPHA) and on the Kansas Public Health Workforce Development Coordinating Council since 2010. She is faculty for PRVM 861 Leadership in Public Health and PRVM 891 Public Health Internship. Her clinical experience spans a decade in public health, with her particular interest being maternal and child health. She previously held positions in well child, WIC, family planning, and prenatal clinics in two local health departments in Kansas.

Ms. Honderick graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.S.N. in 1996 and with a joint M.S. in Nursing/M.P.H. in 2003. Honors include traveling to China in 2006 with People to People International as a Community Health Nurse Delegate and completion of the Kansas Public Health Leadership Institute in 2008. She is also a 2014 fellow of the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health. She has been a site visitor for the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) since 2014. She served as secretary for KPHA in 2010 and 2011, director-at-large in 2012 and 2013, president in 2014, immediate past-president in 2015, KPHA Affiliate Representative to the American Public Health Association Governing Council in 2016, and as an ex-officio member of the board of directors in 2018. In 2019 she was selected for the inaugural class of the Kansas City Women’s Leadership program sponsored by the Kansas City Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Education and Training
  • MPH, Public Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • MSN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS
  • BSN, Nursing, University of Kansas School of Nursing, Kansas City, KS
Licensure, Accreditations & Certifications
  • Registered Nurse, Kansas State Board of Nursing
Professional Affiliations
  • Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health, Academic Public Health Practice Section, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Association of Schools and Programs in Public Health, Student Services Leadership Section, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Midwestern Public Health Training Center, Member, 2017 - Present
  • Public Health Accreditation Board, Site Visit Team, Member, 2014 - 2020

Current Research and Grants
  • Sunflower Grant, Sunflower, Supporting