Elizabeth Kirk

Elizabeth A. Kirk, PhD, RD

Elizabeth Kirk
School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences
Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science

Current Roles

Dr. Kirk is a core faculty member in the School of Natural Health Arts and Sciences and director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics  for undergraduate nutrition majors.


  • BA in women's studies from SUNY Albany in Albany, NY, in 1980
  • BS in nutrition and chemistry from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, in 1988
  • Dietetic Internship at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, OR, in 1989
  • PhD in nutritional sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA, in 1995

Past Experience

Dr. Kirk has taught undergraduate and graduate-level nutrition courses at the University of Washington since 2000. She joined the faculty at Bastyr University in 2007.

Classes Taught

Undergraduate-Level Courses: Advanced Nutrition Principles; Sports Nutrition; Nutrition Throughout Life

Graduate-Level Courses: Advanced Nutrition: Macronutrients; Advanced Nutrition: Micronutrients; Applied Research Skills; Thesis Seminar


Dr. Kirk's research interests include atherosclerosis, obesity, insulin resistance and sports nutrition.


Dr. Kirk believes that her role as an educator is to organize and deliver information in a way that encourages students to: 1) learn and 2) want to learn more. She accommodates different learning styles in her teaching and encourages interactive discussion and peer learning in her classes.

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Elizabeth Kirk, PhD, RD