Sarah Becker Hortsch, Ph.D., MSW, RN

Clinical Instructor
Undergraduate Studies Program
Room 2336 400 NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: Office: (734) 674-0674 Cell: (734)-255-0491
Fax: (734) 936-5525


  • Mental health
  • Global health
  • Evolutionary medicine
  • Nursing education

Dr. Hortsch’s clinical experience in the mental health field grounds her teaching and research interests in mental health nursing. Her experience teaching nursing mental health, community health, and policy further provides a strong foundation for her global health interests, particularly in the area of nutrition and health. Within the evolutionary medicine paradigm, her research addresses the effects of beverage intake on global chronic health problems.


Dr. Hortsch works to expand and strengthen the educational and experiential foundation of nursing students and supports the realization of new concepts and skills via critical thinking. She challenges students to reflect on their biases and assumptions surrounding mental health and global health in a supportive and motivating learning environment.

Affiliations / Service

  • International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses, Member 2019 - present
  • American Nurses Association, Member 2018 - present
  • International Continence Society, Member 2018
  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association, Member 2013 - present
  • Sigma Theta Tau Rho Chapter, member 2003 - present Kappa Iota Chapter, Board of Directors 2014 – 2015


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 2018
  • MSW, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1990
  • BS, Nursing, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT 2003
  • BA, Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 1984