Christopher W. Olsen is associate director for One Health at the Global Health Institute and professor of Public Health in the Department of Pathobiological Sciences at the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also affiliated with the Master of Public Health degree program and a member of the MPH Advisory Committee, a member of the UW-Madison Morgridge Center for Public Service and Wisconsin Without Borders Advisory Committees. He is an alternate representative to the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine Global Forum on Innovations in Health Professional Education.
Olsen received his D.V.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the UW-Madison.
From 2007-2012 he served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Veterinary Medicine, and from September 2012 through June 2014, Olsen served as Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning for the UW-Madison. In that senior university leadership position, he co-chaired the university’s Educational Innovation effort and the University of Wisconsin System learning analytics project, and was a member of the core team planning for the university’s Higher Learning Commission reaccreditation, among other responsibilities.
Olsen’s research has focused on public health aspects of influenza in animals and the genetic factors that control transmission of influenza viruses among people and animals. In addition, he has very strong educational interests in zoonotic infectious diseases more generally, in building bridges between the veterinary medical and human medical professions, and in promoting an interdisciplinary One Health approach for global and public health.
Olsen completed the Joseph F. Kauffman Administrative Development Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2009-2010 and was a Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Academic Leadership Program Fellow in 2010-2011. He has published more than 65 refereed research and educational journal articles, as well as numerous proceedings and book chapters. He is also the recipient of several faculty honors, including election to the UW-Madison Teaching Academy and the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Norden Distinguished Teacher Award and Walter F. Renk Distinguished Professor Award.