Tara Zolnikov, Assistant Professor

Tara Zolnikov, Assistant ProfessorDr. Tara Rava Zolnikov is an assistant professor at National University at the School of Health and Human Services. Dr. Zolnikov teaches courses in both the BPH and MPH program. Her primary courses are environmental health and global health. Dr. Zolnikov earned a Ph.D in Developmental Science from North Dakota State University and an M.S. in Environmental Health from Harvard School of Public Health and a second M.S. in Industrial Hygiene from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. She also earned a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from Montana Tech of the University of Montana. Dr. Zolnikov’s research primarily focuses on water-related issues in low and middle income countries, including Kenya. She has worked with the Kenya Red Cross on a variety of public health projects, ranging from infectious diseases (E.g. Ebola and HIV/AIDS) to access to water projects. She is primarily a qualitative researcher and focuses on providing vulnerable populations with a voice; she uses autoethnographic and phenomenological perspectives to understand or live through these experiences in order to recreate them for a widespread audience. Finally, Dr. Zolnikov is the vice president of a nonprofit organization, The Shepherd's Village, which focuses on providing access to water to Maasai communities around Narok, Kenya.