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Debra K Olson DNP, MPH

Professor, Associate Dean for Global Health

School of Public HealthDivision of Environmental Health Sciences

Address University of Minnesota, School of Public Health 420 Delaware St SE MMC197, Room A306 Mayo Minneapolis MN 55455 Work Phone: 612-625-0476
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Biography:

Debra Olson leads strategic partnerships for the delivery of lifelong learning opportunities. Her teaching and advising areas include public health practice, occupational health nursing, environmental health, and technology-enhanced learning. Her research interests include educational effectiveness and public health competencies. She is director of the Midwest Center for Life-Long-Learning in Public Health, the University of Minnesota Center for Public Health Preparedness and Principal Investigator for the University of Minnesota: Simulations and Exercises for Educational Effectiveness.

  • D.N.P., School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, 2007
  • M.P.H., Public Health Nursing, University of Minnnesota, 1983
  • B.S., Nursing, Winona State University, 1974

Expertise:

Global Health, Public Health Preparedness

Professional Experience:

2009-present INTERNATIONAL NETWORK FOR DOCTORAL TRAINING IN HEALTH LEADERSHIP (NETDOC) an international, collaborative network of educational institutions that offer, or intend to offer, professional doctoral health leadership programs. 2007-2008 Chair, Public Health Training Centers, national network of 14 university based training centers sponsored in part by the Health Resources and Services Administration 2006-present Chair Elect (2006-7), Chair (2007-9), Chair Emeritus (2008-10) ASPH Public Health Practice Council. 2006-7 Emerging Leaders Network. Strategic Planning Committee in partnership with MDH, MPHA and School of Public Health. St. Paul, MN. 2006 Minnesota Department of Health, State Community Health Services Advisory Committee: 2005 Public Health Practice Council, ASPH. Chair elect 2005-2009. 2003 Maternal and Child Health Community Leaders Advisory Board. Center for Leadership Education in Maternal and Child Public Health. A HRSA funded training center (Joan Patterson, PI). University of Minnesota School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN. 2000-2006 Medical Services Review Board. Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry. First nurse appointed to the board, appointed as general public member 2002-2002, and on invitation of Commissioner filled newly established RN member position for 2002. Responsible for reviewing workers compensation treatment parameters, legislation, and community issues and making recommendations to the Commissioner. 1992 – Present Certified Occupational Health Nurse Specialist, American Board of Occupational Health Nurses 1974 – Present Registered Nurse 1974 – Present Public Health Nurse Certification

Honors:

2009 The Academic Health Center Academy for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning serves as the highest recognition of excellence in the AHC educational mission. 2009 University of Minnesota School of Nursing. 100 Distinguished Nursing Alumni. 2008 MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources – MERLOT Classics 2008 for “Outbreak at Watersedge” development team: Debra Olson, Mary Hoeppner and Amy Scheller; funded in part through the Midwest Center for Life-Long-Learning in Public Health 2004 (DOlson, PI) grant #5D20-HP00021-03-01 from the Health Resources and Services Administration, DHHS, Public Health Training Center Program. 2007 2007 Class of Fellows. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses instituted to recognize occupational and environmental health nurses who have made significant contributions to the field of occupational and environmental health nursing in the areas of clinical practice, education, research, management, or policy. Fellows comprise a group of leaders who provide vision to advance the skills, knowledge, and abilities of occupational and environmental health nurses, influence formation of policy, contribute to research and exemplify highly effective management and clinical practices. Awarded Orlando, Florida April 18, 2007. 2005 Health Resources and Services Administration BHPr Associate Administrator’s Achievement Award in the category of “Improving the Public Health Workforce.” Washington DC, June 2, 2005. For demonstrated exemplary leadership, outstanding skills and dedication to the education of America’s health professionals. These efforts have resulted in substantial improvements, advancements, support, and/or expansion of health profession education. They have created and nurtured collaborative projects/programs with other BHPr grantees, HRSA grantees, community-based organizations, and/or educational institutions. These recipients have shown leadership in leveraging resources to accomplish something greater than any one organization could achieve. 2005 Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health by virtue of scholastic achievements in research and teaching including the qualify of publications. Membership of the Pi Chapter at the University of Minnesota. 2003 University of Minnesota Thank a Teacher Award. “In appreciation from your students for your teaching style, curriculum choice, evaluation technique or for the fact that you showed concern that your students learn.” Center for Teaching and Learning Services, University of Minnesota. From students in PubH5201 Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health. 2002 Charles N Hewitt Creative Teaching Award. School of Public Health, University of Minnesota. 1992 Inaugural Minnesota Occupational Health Nurse of the Year, awarded by the Minnesota Association of Occupational Health Nurses…”in recognition of outstanding service to occupational health through exceptional performance of professional responsibilities in all facets of the nursing specialty”. 1991 Inaugural American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Constituent Association of the Year Award (San Francisco), accepted as president of the Minnesota Occupational Health Nurses…”for outstanding achievements in all program areas.”

Research Interests:

Executive director for the Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach, administrative home of multi-disciplinary training initiatives that support expertise — and a venue — for delivery of continuous learning opportunities in public health practice. Research interests are public health preparedness, occupational health nursing, injury prevention and control, competency based learning, public health program development and agricultural safety and health. Particular interests include innovative teaching methods that employ new technologies and involve distance learning.

Selected Publications:

  • Hoeppner M, Olson, D, Larson S.  “A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of an Emergency Preparedness Curriculum”  Public Health Reports vol 125, supplement 5.  November/December 2010, pp 24-32.
  •  Potter M, Miner K, Barnett D, Cadigan R, Lloyd L, Olson DK, Parker C, Rothmey E, Savoia E, Shoaf K.  “The Evidence Base for Preparedness Training: A Retrospective Analysis,” Public Health Reports vol 125, supplement 5.  November/December 2010, pp15-23.
  • Potter M, Olson DK, Wright K, Villanueva T, Burdine J, Smith L, Goldman L.  “Demonstrating excellence in the scholarship o0f practice-based service for public health.” Public Health Reports. Vol 121 (1) July/August 2009.
  • Olson DK, Scheller, A, Larson D, Lindike L and Edwardson S.  “Using gaming simulation to evaluate bioterrorism and emergency readiness education.”  Public Health Reports  May/June 2010. Vol 125 (3). pp. 468-477.
  • Shutske J, Pierquet J, Michel L, Rasmussen R, Olson D. 2008. “Evaluation of food protection and defense outreach education programs.” Journal of Food Science Education, Vol 7(4): 69-77(9).
  • Minicucci LA, Hanson KA, Olson DK, et al. 2008. “A Flexible Approach to Training Veterinarians in Public Health – an Overview and Early Assessment of the DVM/MPH Program at the University of Minnesota.” Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 35(2):166-172.
  • Hoeppner M, Olson, D, Larson S.  “A Longitudinal Study of the Impact of an Emergency Preparedness Curriculum”  Public Health Reports vol 125, supplement 5.  November/December 2010, pp 24-32.
  • Potter M, Miner K, Barnett D, Cadigan R, Lloyd L, Olson DK, Parker C, Rothmey E, Savoia E, Shoaf K.  “The Evidence Base for Preparedness Training: A Retrospective Analysis,” Public Health Reports vol 125, supplement 5.  November/December 2010, pp15-23.
  • Potter M, Olson DK, Wright K, Villanueva T, Burdine J, Smith L, Goldman L.  “Demonstrating excellence in the scholarship o0f practice-based service for public health.” Public Health Reports. Vol 121 (1) July/August 2009.
  • Olson DK, Scheller, A, Larson D, Lindike L and Edwardson S.  “Using gaming simulation to evaluate bioterrorism and emergency readiness education.”  Public Health Reports  May/June 2010. Vol 125 (3). pp. 468-477.  Secured funding, conducted research as part of the DNP, primary writer.
  • Shutske J, Pierquet J, Michel L, Rasmussen R, Olson D. 2008. “Evaluation of food protection and defense outreach education programs.” Journal of Food Science Education, Vol 7(4): 69-77(9).
  • Minicucci LA, Hanson KA, Olson DK, et al. 2008. “A Flexible Approach to Training Veterinarians in Public Health – an Overview and Early Assessment of the DVM/MPH Program at the University of Minnesota.” Journal of Veterinary Medical Education 35(2):166-172.
  • Olson D, Hoeppner M, Larson S, Ehrenberg A, Leitheiser A. 2008. “Lifelong Learning for Public Health Practice Education: A Model Curriculum for Bioterrorism and Emergency Readiness.” Public Health Reports/2008 Supplement/Vol 123: 53-123.
  • Hart P, Olson DK, Fredrickson A, McGovern P. July 2006. “Employer’s Value of Competencies in Hiring decisions regarding Master Degree Prepared Occupational Health Nurses.” AAOHN Journal vol 54(7): 327-335.
  • Olson DK, Atchison C, Leitheiser A, Larson S, Homzik C. “Public Health and Terrorism Preparedness Cross-Borders Issues” Public Health ReportsVol 120/Suppl 1 2005 p76-83.
  • Olson DK, Stedman-Smith M, Fredrickson A “Environmental Health & Nursing: Piloting a Technology-Enhanced Distance Learning Module” (August 2005) AAOHN Journal Vol 53:8 pp 353-359.
  • D Olson, W Lohman. L Brosseau A Frederickson, P McGovern, S Gerberich N Nachreiner ” “Crosscutting Competencies for Occupational Health and Safety Professionals” Journal of Public Health Management and Practice” May-June 2005 vol 11 (3); pp. 235-243.
  • Rasmussen RC, Schermann MA, Shutske JM, Olson DK (2003) “Use of the North American Guidelines for Children’s Agricultural Tasks with Hmong Farm Families Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health 9(4): 265-274.
  • Lundvall A, Olson,D. (2001) Agricultural health nurses: Job analysis of the functions and competencies. AAOHN Journal 49 (7): 336-346.
  • Carlson V, Olson D. (2001) “Technology enhanced learning/distance education: Market survey of occupational health and safety professionals.” AIHA Journal 62: 349-355.
  • Carlson V, Olson D. (2001) “Technology enhanced learning/distance education: Market survey of occupational health and safety professionals.” AIHA Journal 62: 349-355.
  • Olson D, Carlson V. (2000) “Technology enhanced learning for occupational and environmental health nursing.” AAOHN Journal 48(4), 175-184.
  • McGovern P, Kochevar L, Olson D, Nelson,W. (2000) “Evaluating education program impact: the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety. AAOHN Journal 48(12): 553-562.