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Rhonda Kaetzel

Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Systems and Population Health

Regional Director, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Research Interests

Toxicology; water protection; air monitoring; environmental human health assessment; dose reconstruction; environmental health services


Rhonda Kaetzel is a clinical assistant professor who teaches environmental health in the Department of Health Systems and Population Health. She is also a regional director at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more than 25 years, Kaetzel has investigated how environmental toxins affect the body, the environment and communities. She uses engagement techniques to communicate scientific findings to the general public, tribal members and businesses. She specializes in interpreting science for lay audiences and in developing relationships to address the impact of exposures on underserved populations experiencing health disparities. As a federal employee with trust responsibility to Alaska Natives and Native Americans, Kaetzel works to promote understanding traditions to prevent exposures experienced by Indigenous communities. Kaetzel has a doctorate in toxicology from Oregon State University.


PhD Environmental Toxicology, Toxicology, Oregon State University, 2003
BA Biology, Chemistry, California State University, Long Beach, 1989

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