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  • Human Nutrition
  • Public health
  • Food science
  • International development
  • Program evaluation

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About Tafadzwa Nyanhanda

Dr Tafadzwa Nyanhanda is a Lecturer in Public Health and the Course Chair of the Master of Global Public Health in the College of Sport, Health and Engineering, and a member of the Active Living and Public Health research group in the Institute for Health and Sport.

She is a Nutrition Scientist with extensive academic and industry experience spanning over 20 years in nutrition, international development, health promotion and public health, undertaking qualitative and quantitative research, policy development and stakeholder engagement activities with diverse groups.

Dr. Nyanhanda completed her doctorate in Human Nutrition at Cornell University in the United States of America. She has published various peer-reviewed articles in the field of nutrition and public health, and has also written several technical and client reports that have influenced program policy and processes in various organisations.

Using mixed methods and community-based participatory research, her research investigates the social and structural determinants of dietary behaviours and related health outcomes in vulnerable populations, specifically low-income populations and migrant populations. It also focuses on elucidating the intersection of diet, nutritional status, food systems, and health outcomes. By incorporating the lived experiences of vulnerable populations and collaborating with industry partners her research seeks to contribute to the development of culturally responsive programs and equitable policies that promote health equity, food justice/sovereignty, and community resilience.


  • PhD, Cornell University, USA
  • BSc Nutrition, University of Zimbabwe

Key publications

Year Citation
2022 Nyanhanda, T. (Ed.). (220101). Barefoot Guide Agroecology Series: My Food Is African ''Healthy Soil, Safe Foods and Diverse Diets'' (First). Africa: Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA).

Year Citation
2022 Dodson, M., Jiwa, M., & Nyanhanda, T. (220101). Digital avatars as a resource for weight loss Paper presented at ICIIBMS 2022 - 7th International Conference on Intelligent Informatics and Biomedical Sciences (pp. 258-262).

doi: 10.1109/ICIIBMS55689.2022.9971636

Year Citation
2023 Vaughan, G., Nyanhanda, T., Rawal, L., Kaphle, S., Kelly, J., & Mude, W. (231017). Cultural Identity as a Determinant of Health among South Sudanese in Sydney, Australia. Health & Social Care in the Community, 2023 (1-12).

doi: 10.1155/2023/4981800

2023 Islam, S. MS., Maddison, R., Uddin, R., Ball, K., Livingstone, K. M., Khan, A., Salmon, J., Ackerman, I. N., Adair, T., & Adegboye, O. A. (230801). The burden and trend of diseases and their risk factors in Australia, 1990-2019: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2019. The Lancet Public Health, 8(8), (e585-e599).

doi: 10.1016/S2468-2667(23)00123-8

2023 Nyanhanda, T., Mwanri, L., & Mude, W. (230501). Double Burden of Malnutrition: A Population Level Comparative Cross-Sectional Study across Three Sub-Saharan African CountriesMalawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(10),

doi: 10.3390/ijerph20105860

2023 Jiwa, M., Nyanhanda, T., & Dodson, M. (230501). Triggering Weight Management Using Digital Avatars: Prospective Cohort Study.. Interactive journal of medical research, 12

doi: 10.2196/42001

2023 Mude, W., & Nyanhanda, T. (230101). Food behaviours and eating habits among Sub-Saharan African migrant mothers of school-aged children in South Australia. Journal of Migration and Health, 7

doi: 10.1016/j.jmh.2022.100149

2022 Tinney, M., Rittinger, R., Tomlinson, K., Borg, D., Warzel, A., O Sullivan, M., & Nyanhanda, T. (220701). Removal of sugar sweetened beverages from sale in a hospital settingConsumer opinion and influence on purchasing behavior. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 33(3), (677-685).

doi: 10.1002/hpja.557

2022 Mude, W., & Nyanhanda, T. (220501). Socioeconomic Inequalities and HIV Testing During Antenatal Care in High- Medium- and Low-Conflict Intensity Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS and Behavior, 26(5), (1587-1596).

doi: 10.1007/s10461-021-03511-6

2021 Kinyoki, D., Osgood-Zimmerman, A. E., Bhattacharjee, N. V., Schaeffer, L. E., Lazzar-Atwood, A., Lu, D., Ewald, S. B., Donkers, K. M., Letourneau, I. D., & Collison, M. (211001). Anemia prevalence in women of reproductive age in low- and middle-income countries between 2000 and 2018. Nature Medicine, 27(10), (1761-1782).

doi: 10.1038/s41591-021-01498-0

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