Meet Logan's Online Faculty - Dr. Gary Oden
November 29, 2012
Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs is nationally known for its outstanding faculty, including instructors in its Master of Science Degree Programs. One of those excellent online instructors is Gary Oden, MEd, PhD. Dr. Oden teaches the online sections of the Sports and Exercise Testing and Prescription, and Sports Exercise Science and has taught in Logan’s Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation since fall 2009. He also teaches Exercise Testing and Prescription in Logan’s Master of Science Degree in Nutrition and Human Performance.
Dr. Oden is a member of the faculty in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. He earned his doctorate in physical education from Texas A&M and holds licenses with the American College of Sports Medicine Exercise Test Technologist, Secondary Education in the State of Alabama. He is also a certified CPR instructor.
Dr. Oden has authored several book chapters and has many journal articles and presentations to his credit. He is also a reviewer for the International Journal of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Oden recently spent time on the Logan campus as part of teaching his course labs and had some thoughts about Logan’s online “community without walls” education.
“Logan really seems to care about the quality of its online courses and how they are effectively delivered. The quality control is excellent as is the academic content. Even though I am off-campus, I have accessibility to Logan administrators who are willing to help in any way and are very approachable,” said Dr. Oden. ““I am also impressed by my students’ interest in the subject matter I teach.”
Regarding his teaching style, Dr. Oden commented, “I am student-oriented and open to new ideas because I don’t have all the answers. However, I do set academic standards that my students must meet in order to succeed.”
Logan’s Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation is an interdisciplinary, comprehensive graduate program designed to provide an advanced degree option for sports injury management combined with optimal sports performance training. This program is unique because students learn to apply the same principles for all healthy athletes regardless of age and ability with activity levels for health and wellness purposes. Students who graduate from this program are equipped to gain the experience, training and confidence demanded of a leader as a health care specialist in the field of athletic performance and injury management.
Logan’s Master of Science in Sports Science & Rehabilitation is designed to afford flexibility for students in Logan’s Doctorate of Chiropractic curriculum through the DC/MS program. However, the Master of Science program is also an independent program for those students who have a baccalaureate degree and want to further their education with a graduate degree, or as a hybrid on-line program for students and practicing health care professionals who need the flexibility of an on-line program enhanced with on-campus, hands-on training in laboratory and on-the-field settings.
To fulfill individual professional goals, Logan also offers its students, graduates and other professionals the Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Human Performance, available both online and in an on-campus format. The quality of Logan’s online programs, which are offered over Blackboard’s Learning Management Program, is in part due to the excellent administrators who oversee Blackboard. All of Logan’s online faculty are Blackboard certified and excel as instructors in this highly effective technological option.
Since 1935, Logan College of Chiropractic/University Programs has been preparing students to enter the health care marketplace to become successful Doctors of Chiropractic. Other program offerings include undergraduate coursework, including an Accelerated Science Program to help students complete their basic science coursework at an accelerated pace, offered in both online and on-campus formats, and two baccalaureate degrees -- a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Life Science.