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Margaret Downs West

Margaret Downs West

Assistant Professor, Assistant Professor Nutrition and Dietetics

College of Health and Human Sciences

School of Health Sciences

Contact Information

Phone: 828.227.2351
Office: 108 Health and Human Sciences Building
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Margaret has accumulated several decades as a practitioner of nutrition and dietetics. She has background in community, foodservice, and clinical practice areas. With a Masters Degree in Exercise Science, she has combined nutrition and exercise with expressed interest in research, teaching, and application to practice. In 2011, she became certified as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics managing team and individualized performance goals. Margaret has also work extensively in the foodservice industry filling administrative and management roles with background in business and communications.


  • MS, Appalachian State University
  • BS, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Teaching Interests

Margaret enjoys teaching any content related to human nutrition, health and disease, human metabolism, medical nutrition therapy, and the Nutrition Care Process as it applies to varying segments of dietetics practice. She engages students through active and experiential learning strategies as much as possible. She aspires to give students leadership development opportunities, assignments that enhance communication on all levels, and the ability to develop higher-order thinking skills. She can deliver face-to-face and online classes, but enjoys the personal interaction and direct feedback provided in the classroom. Classes taught include: <br>Dietetics as a Profession<br>Introduction to Nutrition <br>Nutrition Assessment (Step 1 of the Nutrition Care Process) <br>Nutrition Assessment Lab<br>Nutrition in Athletics/ Sports Nutrition <br>Nutrition Interviewing and Counseling<br>Institutional Foodservice Management (I and II): Food Safety ServSafe Certification, and Administrative Dietetics <br>Quantity Foods <br>Quantity Foods Lab

Research Interests

Outcomes based research (evidence based practice outcomes).

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