Kelly McCombs, MS, RD, LD, CDCES


Kelly McCombs, MS, RD, LD, CDCES

Senior Instructor, Department of Public Health and Human Services
Sports Dietitian, Athletics Department

SciTech Room 218
One University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
Office: 843-208-8262
Kelly McCombs, MS, RD, LD, CDCES

I am a Senior Instructor, course developer and academic advisor for the Department of Public Health and Human Services. I'm also the Sports Dietitian for USCB Athletics. I was one of the leaders to develop and implement the Nutrition Minor at USCB. In addition to being a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, I hold a national certification as a diabetes care and education specialist. In 2018-19 I led the two-semester Beaufort County Food Swamps and Food Deserts Inventory QEP/Students Connected study which was funded by Together for Beaufort County.

I graduated from The Ohio State University with an MS in Human Nutrition with Dietetic Internship (1999). My BS degree is also from The Ohio State University and is in Human Ecology: Nutrition Sciences/Dietetic focus (1997). While in graduate school, I worked as a research assistant for hospital medical resident studies, food safety research assistant, and clinical nutrition teaching assistant.  I am an alumnus of the Leadership Beaufort program.

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

I am active in a variety of professional organizations and associations, including the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association; 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

MS in Human Nutrition, The Ohio State University (1999)

RD, Dietetic Internship, The Ohio State University (1999)

BS in Nutrition Sciences, The Ohio State University (1997)

CDCES, Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist. National Certification Board of Diabetes Educators

  • PUBH B101 - Basic Health
  • PUBH B242 - Nutrition
  • PUBH B322 - Life Cycle Nutrition
  • PUBH B325 - Sports Nutrition
  • PUBH B328 - Nutrition and Chronic Disease
  • PUBH B399 - Independent Study
  • PUBH B431 - Nutrition and Metabolism
  • PUBH B432 - Public Health Nutrition Policy
  • IDST B439 - Mindfulness of Self and Community
  • Medical Nutritional Therapies
  • Performance Nutrition
  • Food Security
  • Food Safety