Kelly McCombs, M.S.

Kelly McCombs, M.S., R.D., L.D., C.D.C.E.S.

Associate Professor for Hospitality Management

Room 236
One Sand Shark Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Office: 843-208-8262
Kelly McCombs, M.S.

I am a Senior Instructor and course developer in both face to face and online settings for USCB and Palmetto College for the following courses: nutrition; food science; food, hospitality and culture; food safety and ServSafe; restaurant food production management. I am also an academic advisor for Hospitality Management and serve as a nutrition consultant for USCB Athletics. I led the two-semester Beaufort County Food Swamps and Food Deserts Inventory 2018-19 QEP/Students Connected study. 

I graduated from The Ohio State University with a B.S. in Human Ecology, Dietetic focus and an M.S. in Human Nutrition with Dietetic Internship. While in graduate school, I also worked as a clinical nutrition and food safety research assistant and teaching assistant.  

Previous jobs held include NC State University Extension faculty; diabetes educator for inpatient and outpatient hospital programs; consulting dietitian; renal dietitian; long term care dietitian; and health promotion dietitian for a 6-county regional health department.  

I am active in a variety of professional organizations and associations, including the Tourism Leadership Council of Savannah; Beaufort Memorial Hospital Diabetes Program Advisory Board; Eat Smart Move More South Carolina; Association of Diabetes Care and Education Specialists; and the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. 

  • Education
  • Teaching
  • Research & Professional Interests

Registered Dietition #861507  -  October 1999
               SC Licensure #771  -  November 2009

Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist  -  May 2005
National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators

GRTO: Blackboard Online Learning and Teaching  -  June 2020

ServSafe Certified Instructor and Proctor  -  April 1996
National Restaurant Association, ServSafe

A-Z Diabetes Education & Research Bootcamp for Healthcare Providers  -  Februrary 2003
               Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina University
               Greenville, NC

Master of Science  -  June 1999
Human Nutrition with Dietetic Internship
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Foodservice rotation: management of school foodservice operations
Clinical rotation: bone marrow transplant unit
Research rotation: OSU Research Institute
Community rotation: county school nutrition education program development (Ohio Instructional Grant)
Teaching Assistant  -  September 1997 to June 1998
Conducted food laboratory sections
Developed and presented lectures/activities for diet therapy classes
Research Assistant  -  August 1998 to June 2000
Participated in the design, administration and monitoring of clinical and laboratory trials. Analyzed and evaluated data gathered during research. Ensured compliance with protocol and overall objectives.

Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology  -  June 1997
Human Nutrition, Dietetics Specialization.
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

University of South Carolina Beaufort  -  January 2012 to present
Fulltime Faculty

HRTM B110 Introduction to Hospitality (in person)
HRTM/PUBH B242 Nutrition, (online and in person)
HRTM B230 Hospitality Management (in person)
HRTM B270 Quantity Food Production, with lab (online and in person)
HRTM B311 Management by Menu (online and in person)
HRTM B312 Food Service Sanitation and ServSafe Certification (online and in person)
HRTM B360 Food, Hospitality and Culture (online)
HRTM B370 Restaurant Food Production Management (online, in person and hybrid)
HRTM B372 Catering (online)
HRTM B447 Food Science with Lab (in person)
PUBH B322 Life Cycle Nutrition (online)
PUBH B328 Nutrition and Chronic Disease (online)
IDST B439-001 Mindfulness of Self and Community

Online Course Developer 

USCB and USC Palmetto College
HRTM/PUBH B242 Nutrition
HRTM B360 Food, Hospitality and Culture
HRTM B370 Restaurant Food Production Management
HRTM B270/311/312 Quantity Foods/Food Safety/Menu Series
PUBH B322 Life Cycle Nutrition
PUBH B328 Nutrition and Chronic Disease
PUBH B430 Nutrition and Metabolism

  • Quantity Food Sanitation and Quality Control 

  • Food Deserts and Food Swamps 

  • Menu Analysis and Development 

  • Medical Nutritional Therapies