Larry Olsen, MAT, MPH, Dr.P.H., MCHES
Dr. Larry Olsen teaches courses in Logan’s online Doctor of Health Professions Education and Master’s in Nutrition and Human Performance programs. Since the 1960s, he has taught classes and directed doctoral dissertations at universities around the country, including roles as the interim dean and the associate dean for academics and research of the College of Health and Social Services at New Mexico State University.
Dr. Olsen earned his Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley; a Master of Arts in Teaching and a Bachelor of Science from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He is also a Certified Health Education Specialist and a Master Certified Health Education Specialist.
Throughout his career, Dr. Olsen has earned numerous awards and recognitions, including:
- Biographied in such publications as Who’s Who in the West (18th Edition), Directory of International Biography (17th Edition), Personalities of America (2nd Edition), Two Thousand Notable Americans (1st Edition), Book of Honor (3rd Edition), Directory of Distinguished Americans, Men of Achievement (8th Edition), Personalities of the West and Midwest (7th Edition), International Who’s Who in Education (2nd Edition)
- Outstanding Young Men of America Professional Service to Health Education in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and the Association, American Association for Health Education, March 2012, Boston, MA
- Outstanding Faculty Member Recognition, AT Still University, School of Health Management, May 2010, Kirksville, MO.
- Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member Recognition, AT Still University, School of Health Management, May 2010, Kirksville, MO.
- Presidential Citation from the American School Health Association, October 2009, Denver, CO.
- Honor Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, April 2007, Fort Worth, TX.
- Special Award from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. for research leadership on the National Health Educator Competencies Update Project.
- Presented at the Third National Congress for Institutions Preparing Health Educators: Linking Assessment, Accountability, and Program Improvement, Dallas, February 23-25, 2006.
- Named Outstanding Citizen of Scappoose, Oregon (first group of inductees, which included one family, one other individual, and LK Olsen), Scappoose Oregon Chamber of Commerce, June 2006, Scappoose, OR.
- Health Education Hall of Fame, 2003. Nationally elected to the second group of six inductees in the US. Presidential Citation from the American Association for Health Education, for research leadership on the National Health Educator Competencies Update Project. Award presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Health Education, Chicago, April 15, 2005. April 2005, Chicago, IL.
- Fellow: Elected by the American Association for Health Education, April 2000, Boston, MA. Selected by the American Cancer Society to be a representative of Higher Education at the National School Health Coordinator Leadership Workshop, July 30 – August 5, 1999, Atlanta, GA.
- Inducted into the Scappoose High School (Oregon) Athletic Hall of Fame, December 1998.
- Distinguished Career Award presented by the Public Health Education and Health Promotion Section of the American Public Health Association, November 17, 1998, Washington, D.C.
- W.E. Schaller Honor Award presented by Eta Sigma Gamma, National Health Education Honorary Society, Presented October 16, 1998, at the American School Health Association Annual Meeting, Colorado Springs, CO.
- William A. Howe Award the American School Health Association’s highest award, October 1996. Indianapolis, IN.
- Fellow: Elected to Fellowship in the American School Health Association, October 1974
He is a member of the American School Health Association; American Public Health Association; Society for Public Health Education; International Union for Health Promotion and Education; and American Academy of Pediatrics (Committee on School Health).