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Catherine Zeman, AAS, AS, BS, MS, PhD

Associate Professor and Director

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0241


Dr. Zeman received her Ph.D. in Preventive Medicine with emphasis on Environmental and Occupational Health form the University of Iowa and a Masters in Environmental Science from Southern Illinois University. Her undergraduate background includes degrees in nursing, biology, and Anthropology. She teaches classes in epidemiology, human diseases, environmental health, and environmental and occupational health regulations. Dr. Zeman is a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society and of the NAAAS Affiliate, National Association of Native American Studies.


Her research interests include: nitrates in the environment and their impact on human health with focus on children’s health, industrial ecological principles of precision manufacturing, international health issues, understanding the health issues of underserved populations, environmental sustainability, workplace health and safety and wellness, and documenting pollution prevention practices on worker health and safety. Dr. Zeman was a Fulbright Scholar to Romania on environmental health issues during the Spring/Summer of 2004.


Dr. Catherine Zeman is also the Director of the Recycling and Reuse Technology Transfer Center, at the University of Northern Iowa where she oversees a staff of 15 student employees, researchers and full and part-time staff. She is an Associate Professor in the Health Division, School of HPELS, at the University of Northern Iowa.


Leadership Development Opportunities

This project has provided a rich experience in understanding of self and others. The educational and professional enrichment opportunities I have been given the privilege of experiencing have been truly rewarding and I am very grateful for that.


The EPHLI experience is integrated and builds on itself. In that regard the project PIs and Mentors have designed an experience which models what they, themselves teach about systems thinking and leadership development, which is both a testament to and an indication of their skill, commitment and passion for this area. I am certain that I will have many occasions to put these skills to good use in my career, thank-you again for this privilege.