Cynthia Bartok, PhD, RD

Current Roles

  • Core faculty member in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Science.
  • Director of the Bastyr University Dietetic Internship


  • BS in clinical nutrition from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • MS in sports nutrition from Auburn University, Auburn, AL
  • PhD in human nutrition from University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI
  • Dietetic Internship at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics

Past Experience

  • Dr. Bartok’s clinical experience covers both inpatient and outpatient settings, with a focus on weight management, sports nutrition, and lactation support.
  • Dr. Bartok’s research activities in the area of sports nutrition, body composition assessment, infant growth, and lactation have resulted in 19 peer-reviewed publications.
  • Dr. Bartok has taught traditional classes (five to 300 students), hybrid/online classes, laboratories, and intensive discussion courses at several public universities before coming to Bastyr. Her teaching interests span both nutrition and exercise science.

Classes Taught

Maternal Infant Nutrition; Life Cycle Nutrition; Nutrition Education Practicum; Nutrition Assessment and Therapy 1; Clinical Dietetic Practicum; Nutrition, Physical Activity and Disease; and Perinatal Nutrition 1 (Midwifery Program)


Dr. Bartok's professional interests include weight management, health promotion, public health, sports nutrition, maternal infant nutrition, and nutrition research.


Dr. Bartok's instructional philosophy includes the following core beliefs:

  • A college education should challenge students to gain new knowledge and skills, consider them with and against previous experiences and personal perspectives, and integrate these pieces into a new “whole.”
  • Learning experiences should be aimed not only at gaining knowledge and skills that directly related to future professional goals, but also providing experiences that help you learn “who you are” and how you fit into the world around you.
  • Learning is increased when students are challenged to think deeply and critically in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Learning never stops – my time in the classroom is an opportunity to continue to grow and learn as well!
Cynthia Bartok, PhD, RD
Cynthia Bartok PhD, RD
Department of Nutrition & Exercise Science
Learning never stops – my time in the classroom is an opportunity to continue to grow and learn as well!