Dr Sarah Burkhart

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Dr Sarah Burkhart


Teaching areas

  • Food studies
  • Food in society
  • Introduction to nutrition
  • Food service systems
  • Complementary approaches to food and nutrition

Research areas

  • food provision at major international competition
  • nutrition support (including the use/format of point of choice nutrition labels) and education
  • challenges of food choice in a large dining hall/traveling athletes
  • nutrition knowledge, food choice and dietary intake of adolescent and elite athletes
  • factors influencing food choice, particularly for athletes
  • student learning through the use of blogs and reflective practice
  • incorporation and teaching of sustainability and sustainable food systems in Nutrition and Dietetics curricula

Program coordinator


Dr Sarah Burkhart is a Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics, and Program Coordinator for the Bachelor of Nutrition. Sarah completed a Master of Science (Human Nutrition) and Bachelor of Science (Human Nutrition and Physiology) through Massey University (New Zealand), before completing her PhD at USC where she evaluated the nutrition support provided to athletes competing at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. Sarah is a Registered Nutritionist (Nutrition Society of Australia), an associate member of the Dietitians Association of Australia and a member of PINES.

Sarah’s current research interests include food provision at major international competitions, the use of nutrition support (particularly POC labels) and education for athletes, as well as the challenges experienced by the traveling athlete.

Sarah coordinates and teaches into a number of courses, and is interested in improving the student learning experience through experiential learning, the use of technology, and effective curriculum design.

Further details can be found at Food provision and nutrition support at major athletic competition

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