Dr. Tara Zolnikov

School of Health and Human Services
Community Health

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School of Health and Human Services
(858) 309-3468

Dr. 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.


Zolnikov, T.R., Blodgett-Salafia, B. (2015). Access to water provides economic relief through enhanced relationships in Kenya. Journal of Public Health, [Ahead of Print].

Zolnikov, T.R., Blodgett-Salafia, B. (2015). Improved relationships in Eastern Kenya from water interventions and access to water. Health Psychology, 12(34), 1-9. doi: 10.1037/hea0000301

Zolnikov, T.R. (2015). Suggesting a re-adapted successful aging model addressing chronic diseases in low and middle income countries. Quality of Life Research 24(12), 2945-2949. doi: 10.1007/s11136-015-1043-2.

Zolnikov, T.R. (2015). Understanding cultural experiences: A qualitative study of Kenyans in America. African Identities, 13(2), 144-156. doi: 10.1080/14725843.2014.881279

Osman, K.M, Marouf, S.H., Zolnikov, T.R., Alatfeehy, N. (2013). Isolation and characterization of Salmonella enterica in day-old ducklings in Egypt. Pathogens and Global Health, 108(1), 37-48. doi: 10.1179/2047773213Y.0000000118

Osman, K.M., Zolnikov, T.R., Samir, A., Orabi, A. (2013). Prevalence and pathogenic capability of Listeria in goat and sheep milk confirm need of hygienic milking conditions. Pathogens and Global Health, 108(1), 21- 29. doi: 10.1179/2047773213Y.0000000115

Osman, K.M., Samir, A, Orabi, A., Zolnikov, T.R. (2013). Confirmed low prevalence of Listeria mastitis in she-camel milk delivers a safe, alternative milk for human consumption. Acta Tropica, 130(2014), 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2013.10.001

Zolnikov, T.R. (2013). Let’s talk about culture! Experiencing a disco funeral in Western Kenya. Journal of Public Health, 35(3), 1-2. doi: 10.1093/pubmed/fdt102

Zolnikov, T.R. (2012). The maladies of water and war: A realistic approach addressing poor water quality in Iraq. American Journal of Public Health, 103(6), 980-987.
doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.301118

Zolnikov, T.R. (2012). Limitations in small artisanal gold mining addressed by educational components paired with alternative mining methods. Science of the Total Environment, (419), 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2012.01.017.

Hart, J., Ward, T., Spear, T., Zolnikov, T.R. (2007). Evaluation of asbestos exposures during firewood harvesting simulations in Libby, MT, USA - Preliminary data. The Annals of Occupational Hygiene, (51), 717-23. doi: 10.1093/annhyg/mem052