Karen L. Keune, EdD, MJ, BSN, RN

Clinical Instructor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
2356 400 NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: 734-647-8848


  • Community/Population Health
  • Health Law and Ethics
  • Leadership development

Karen has spent much of her nursing career serving the underserved, underinsured, or uninsured in a variety of healthcare and community settings, focusing largely on advancing population health and accessibility for all.  This led her into law school where her focus was geared toward the legal and ethical practices which advance the foundation for health care compliance.  Making the connection between compliance and quality has been at the center of her work in nursing.

Current Research Grants and Programs

  • HRSA grant application (PI) for Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) in Community Health Settings. Grant was created to encourage the application and compliance with a PCMH level of care, a highly recognized 3 level-standard for qualifying health centers of all types. It is a quality designation and looks specifically at compliance, quality, access, planning, and communication. The grant awarded, per HRSA, provided payment of application submission for the Community Health Center’s enrollment in the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) PCMH assessment.


Karen has taught in a variety of academic settings in both nursing and allied health programs; in undergraduate, credit, and non-credit bearing certificate programs. Topics taught have been Population Health, Case Management and Community Health, Health Law and Ethics, Medical Terminology, Pharmacology, and Fundamentals of Nursing Courses. Karen has taught online, in-seat, and hybrid courses; clinical and lab. 

Karen’s style of teaching is one which involves active, engaged learning practices.  It is not uncommon for Karen to provide real-life examples for her students to better their understanding of a concept.  She also finds students learn best when they are provided consistent and constructive feedback.  Karen often likes to flip her classroom, engage students in teach backs, and promote individual and team research to promote learning.

Affiliations / Service

  • Member, Community Health Advisory Board, Mercy College of Ohio, 2013-present
  • Volunteer, Tent City, 1 Matters, 2015-2017

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Leadership Award, Neighborhood Health Association, 2018
  • Quality Award, ProMedica Health System, 2006


  • MJ, Loyola University, Chicago, IL 2013
  • BSN, University of Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ 2003
  • ASN, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH 1992

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