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Heidi R. Olson

Assistant Professor/Clinical Pharmacist, College of Pharmacy
Director, Rural Pharmacy Education (RPHARM) Program, College of Pharmacy


Office Phone:

(815) 395-5911 (work)

Related Sites:

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Pharmaceutical Care in the US (PHAR 201), 1/8/2024 – 5/3/2024
Capstone Proj in Rural Health (PMPR 321), 1/8/2024 – 4/26/2024
PDAT 505 (PHAR 505), 1/8/2024 – 5/3/2024
Rural Family & Comm Health IV (PMPR 318), 1/8/2024 – 4/26/2024
Women’s Health (PHAR 358), 1/8/2024 – 5/3/2024
PDAT 1: Self-Care (PHAR 501), 1/8/2024 – 5/3/2024
Rural Family & Comm Health VI (PMPR 320), 1/8/2024 – 4/26/2024
PhLAMES 2 (PHAR 466), 1/8/2024 – 4/26/2024
Spec Project in Pharm Pract (PMPR 390), 1/8/2024 – 4/26/2024

Selected Grants

SoTL Grant: Educational and Personal Influences and Barriers to Practicing Rural Pharmacy, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy., 8/1/2024 - Present, Obligated Amount: $4000; Anticipated Amount: $4000

Community Grants Program, Community Foundation of Northern Illinois., 3/1/2022 - 5/1/2023, Obligated Amount: $10925; No Anticipated Amount Set

Selected Publications

Hemenway, Alice N, Fox, Haley, Hill, Ryan, Punches, Jacquelyn, Olson, Heidi R. (2021). Student training for community screening events: Asynchronous and live training comparison. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning, 13, (7), 776-778. doi:10.1016/j.cptl.2021.03.008.

Lee, Sun, Khare, Manorama M, Olson, Heidi R, Chen, Aleda MH, Law, Anandi V. (2018). The TEACH trial: Tailored education to assist label comprehension and health literacy. Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy, 14, (9), 839-845. doi:10.1016/j.sapharm.2018.05.015.

Rosenberger, Kelly D, Olson, Heidi, MacDowell, Martin, Gruss, Valerie. Using IPEC pedagogy to transform the future rural advanced practice nursing workforce. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 11, (10), 1. doi:10.5430/jnep.v11n10p1.

Sandu, Shashank, Sreedhar, Siva, Chang, Linda, Cohen, Lindsay, Cruz, Andrea, Olson, Heidi R, Sreedhar, Radhika, Gomez, Kayeromi, Carrion, Alberto. 21st Century Good Neighbor Program: An Easily Generalizable Program to Reduce Social Isolation in Older Adults. Frontiers in Public Health, 9, 766706. doi:10.3389/fpubh.2021.766706.

Hemenway, Alice N, Olson, Heidi R. A Scoping Review of Student Pharmacist Participation on Interprofessional Rounds. Cureus, 16, (4), e58737. doi:10.7759/cureus.58737.

Notable Honors

2023, PhLAMES Faculty Advisor of the Year, PhLAMES Student Advisory Group

2021, Interprofessional Teaching in Action Matters Award (I-TEAM Award), University of Illinois at Chicago


Completed Pre-Pharmacy Requirements, Eastern Illinois University, United States, 2003
Doctor of Pharmacy (Summa Cum Laude), Midwestern University, United States, 2007

Postgraduate Training:
Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1, Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center, United States, 2008

Licensures and Certifications

APhA Pharmacy-Based Immunization Delivery Certification, APhA, 1/1/2015 - Present
Heartsaver® First Aid, American Heart Association, 1/1/2010 - Present
Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (License Number: 051291959), State of Illinois Registered Pharmacist, 2007 - Present
Certified Poison Prevention Educator, Illinois Poison Center, 2006 - Present
State of Illinois Licensed Pharmacy Technician, Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, 2003 - 2007

Selected Presentations

Olson, Heidi, Hall-Lipsy, Elizabeth, Undeberg, Megan, Kiser, Stephanie. (2024 May 09). Cultivating Rural Health: Leveraging Pharmacists to Bridge Primary Care. Annual Rural Health Conference. New Orleans, LA.