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Larry Olsen, MAT, MPH, Dr.P.H., MCHES


Dr. Larry Olsen completed a baccalaureate degree (BS) in health and physical education and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He completed Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Dr.P.H. at UCLA in 1970. His doctorate is in health education with a minor in environmental and occupational medicine. By profession, he is a health educator and has worked in community, school, and university settings.

Dr. Olsen has been in academics for over 50 years and has been a program coordinator, department chair, associate dean, and interim dean at various colleges and universities. He has authored or coauthored over 30 textbooks and more than 100 publications that have appeared in the professional literature.  He has made over 300 presentations at the meetings of local, national, and international organizations.  He has been a national officer in numerous national and international professional organizations including being president of the American School Health Association.  He was a member of the Steering Committee for the National Health Educators Update Project to delineate the generic roles of both entry and advanced level health educators. He is a Fellow in the American School Health Association, the American Association for Health Education, the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance (now SHAPE America), and the Society for Public Health Education.


Taub, A., Gilmore, G.D., Olsen, L.K., & Connell, D.  Applied contributions and insights from health education role delineation research (1978-2015) in advancing the health education profession in the United States. Pedagogy in Health PromotionPrepublished January 18, 2018, https://doi.org/10.1177/2373379917751477

 Gilmore, G. D., Connell, D. B., Taub, A., & Olsen, L. K. (2017). Population-based cross-sectional research: Salient processes, rationale, and insights from the National Health Educator Competencies Update Project. Sage Research Methods Cases, Part 2. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781526423566

Taub, A., Gilmore, G.D., Olsen, L.K., & Connell, D. (2015, December). Methodological comparisons of four national health education specialist role delineation research projects  (1978-2012) in the United States. Pedagogy in Health Promotion 1(4), 173-185.  Published online before print October 14, 2015 https://doi.org/10.1177/2373379915611681

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