Samantha Coogan

Program Director, Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics
Senior Lecturer, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences
Expertise: Diet, Human nutrition, Food science, Lifecycle nutrition, Community nutrition, Food & ethnic issues


Samantha Coogan is the director of UNLV's Didactic Program in Nutrition & Dietetics and past president of the Nevada Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Coogan teaches human nutrition, sports nutrition, nutrition, health and ethnic issues, food science, nutrition assessment, medical nutrition therapy, and pathophysiology courses for UNLV's Nutrition Sciences undergraduate program. She has also served as the UNLV football team's nutrition coordinator.

A registered dietitian nutritionist since 2014, Coogan is a fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a member of the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors practice group.

She is frequently called upon by national media including Healthline, Women's Health Magazine, and Wallethub.


  • M.S., Exercise Physiology, UNLV
  • B.S., Nutrition Sciences, UNLV

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Articles Featuring Samantha Coogan

Students at Pida Plaza on the first day of classes (Josh Hawkins, UNLV).
Campus News | September 1, 2023

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Graduation surprise
Campus News | August 1, 2023

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Dancers with the U.N.L.V. Ewalu Club
Campus News | October 4, 2022

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a teacher and student in a classroom
Campus News | March 7, 2022

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