Nutrition is the study of food – from the chemistry to the cooking; from eating for wellness to prescribing diets for health and disease.  By taking courses in Nutrition or pursuing a Nutrition degree, you’ll not only gain the knowledge to improve your personal health, but also make a difference in other people’s lives by using your knowledge of food and nutrition science.

Many professions involve nutrition.  Most require a Bachelor’s degree.  Some require the Registered Dietitian credential; others require other post-graduate work such as nursing.  Some nutritionists pursue a graduate degree for a more specialized field of interest like research.  Depending on your personal interest, we’ll help you get started at MiraCosta College to prepare you for your career goals.

Future Career Opportunities

Nutrition majors frequently work in health care facilities. Nutritionists also work in the health and fitness industry, encompassing weight control clinics, sports medicine clinics, health clubs and gyms, corporate fitness and wellness centers, and fitness and nutrition programs in schools.  Other common employment opportunities include community agencies such as WIC (Women, Infants, and Children), and manufacturers and distributors of nutrition related products.

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Contact Information

Department Chair: Gail Meinhold
Office: Oceanside, Room T-411
P 760-757-2121 x6566

Dean: Al Taccone
Office: Oceanside, Room 4819
P 760.795.6807

Department: Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition

Interim Academic Division Administrative Assistant: Tara Sisario
Office: Oceanside, Room 4818
P 760.795.6841
Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 am - 4:00 pm

Full-Time Faculty

Lead Nutrition Instructor
Gail Meinhold
Office: Oceanside, T-411
P 760.757.2121 x6566
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