Katherine Getts ’09

Katherine Getts

Pasadena, California

Career: Continuing education coordinator
Major: Politics and international relations

Katherine Getts says Scripps taught her to pay attention to both the individual details and the big picture. Her undergraduate education, particularly thesis, provided her with a strong foundation for making connections between academic disciplines, integrating information, and applying it to a question of interest.

“Public health is as interwoven as it gets,” says Getts, “and nutrition is one of a handful of fields involved in developing community-wide public health intervention programs.”

Getts works as a continuing education coordinator at Pasadena Child Development Associates, a nonprofit organization that provides clinical intervention services to children with developmental disabilities and their families. Getts helps plan programs and workshops on issues such as pediatric feeding and nutrition for children with special needs. Planning the workshops inspired Getts to pursue nutrition as a career.

“A year-and-a-half ago I went part time at my job and started taking the science courses required to apply to graduate nutrition programs, and am excited to be starting a program this fall,” says Getts. She plans to earn both a Master’s of Public Health in Nutritional Sciences and the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential from the University of Washington.

“I am thrilled to have had real-world experience before grad school, because it allowed me to realize what I want to do for a career,” she says. Getts plans to work in community nutrition as a dietician, focusing on maternal and child health.


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