Orville Bigelow, MS, RD

Adjunct faculty, the john merck Division of science and technology



  • DHSc, Health Sciences, A.T. Still University, 2016 (in progress)
  • MS, Nutritional Science, California State University, Los Angeles, 2005
  • BS, Nutritional Science, California State University, Los Angeles, 2003
  • AA, General Science, Santa Monica College, 2001


  • Nutrition

Academic Research/interests

Nutrition and health education, interdisciplinary studies, preventative healthcare, patient-centered care

Areas of expertise

Nutritional Science, Community Health, Health Science, Alternative Nutrition, Value-based Healthcare, Patient-centered Medical Homes and Care

Why I teach

I love to stimulate the minds of students and introduce them to new and exciting topics. The path of education is one we all travel together and I for one, enjoy the journey!

Favorite Book

I'm always falling in love with what I'm reading, so my "favorite" changes frequently. Right now, Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels are at the top of my list.

Favorite film

Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. I also like Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell and Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. Stories by Agatha Christie and John Grisham are great reads as well!

Best part of being at SVC

I am new to SVC but am impressed by its attention to detail and the care it takes with student experiences and education.