Debra Olson

Debra Olson, DNP, MPH

Professor Emerita, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health


MPH, Public Health Nursing, University of Minnesota
BS, Nursing, Winona State University
DNP, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota


As an occupational and environmental health specialist, I was the inaugural chair of the major in Public Health Practice in the School of Public Health providing dual degree options for veterinary, medical, pharmacy and dental students who wish to integrate population science into their clinical careers and public health certificates for working professionals who wish a credential in public health. From 2013–2016, I served as executive director of the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility at the University of Minnesota and was the School of Public Health Associate Dean from 2002-2016.

Awards and Recognition

  • Member, Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
  • Doctorate in Public Health (Hon. Causa), Chiang Mai University Thailand