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Magnifying glass over articleFaculty Research Spotlight is a video series brought to you by the National University Library that aims to bring attention to NU faculty research projects. Hear from your colleagues (or instructors) as they share details about the work they are doing and its importance. Want to talk about your own research? Contact us about participating in a future video.

Faculty Research Spotlight Videos

Faculty Research Spotlight with Dr. Tara Rava Zolnikov

Dr. Tara Rava Zolnikov is an associate professor at National University in the School of Health Professions, whose research focuses on aspects of culture in global health. 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 works internationally on issues in low- and middle-income countries, including Kenya, Ghana, India, Colombia, and Brazil. She has worked on a variety of public health projects, ranging from infectious diseases (including Ebola and HIV/AIDS) to access to water projects. She is primarily a qualitative researcher and concentrates on providing vulnerable populations with a voice.

Additionally, Dr. Zolnikov is the vice president of a nonprofit organization, The Shepherd’s Village, which focuses on providing access to water to Maasai communities in Kenya. Dr. Zolnikov has published extensively in some of the world’s most renowned public health and global health journals, including the American Journal of Public Health, AIDS and Behavior, Science of the Total Environment, and many more. She has also written and published two books, which focus on qualitative research and environmental health. In 2017, she received Editors Choice Reviewer of the Year Award at the American Journal in Public Health.

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