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Sarah Hortman Assistant Professor of Practice

Ph.D., Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 2021
M.S., Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2015
B.S., Community Health Nutrition, Georgia State University, 1997

As a Nutrition and Health Sciences Professor with experience as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for over 25 years, Dr. Hortman aspires to promote health and prevent chronic disease through her expertise and instruction in nutrition and public health. This includes community collaboration and instruction of undergraduate and graduate courses in nutrition and public health related areas.

Her priorities include mentoring students to help them navigate their education and career goals in nutrition and health related areas with an approach of guiding students through reasoning and real world application of course material. This allows future health professionals to foster systems change by developing and implementing sound and realistic nutrition and health interventions and health promotion programs. This evidence-based foundation is a sustainable approach to addressing health disparity, health equity, and assisting the diverse population meet unique nutrition and health needs, overcome related challenges, and achieve healthy lifestyle behavior patterns.

Areas of Expertise
  • Health Promotion Programming
  • Community Health and Wellness/Community Nutrition
  • Life Cycle Nutrition
  • Social and Behavioral Health Theory
  • Nutrition Education Interventions
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Public Health

Professional Highlights

Honors and Recognition
2013-Present: Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society Member2017: UNMC College of Public Health Chancellor Robert D. Sparks, MD, Public Health Student Research Award Recipient
2019-2020: Douglas/Sarpy County WIC Director, Douglas County Health Department 2017-2020: Health Educator/Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Wellness Corporate Solutions2017-2018: Course Instructor, Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln2015-2017: Graduate Research Assistant, UNMC 1999-2001: Department of Nutrition - Program Coordinator, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ1998-1999: Community Nutrition Specialist/Registered Dietitian, Pima County Health Dept., Tucson, AZ1997-Present: Registered Dietitian - Private Nutrition Consultant1997-1998: Nutritionist/Registered Dietitian, Canyon Ranch Spa and Resort, Tucson, AZ
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)Nebraska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NAND)American Public Health Association (APHA)