Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)

Erika Ferguson, HPM BSPH ’14, (left) and North Carolina’s DHHS Secretary, Dr. Mandy Cohen (right) visited the School recently when Dr. Cohen gave a lecture on DHHS priorities, which include policies to address the opioid epidemic, and a plan to transform Medicaid. After graduating from HPM, Erika received an MPP degree from Harvard and interned with the WHO in Geneva. She is now working closely with Dr. Cohen on these initiatives.

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How can I learn about the BSPH Program in Health Policy and Management?

BSPH Information Sessions
Interested in our BSPH Program? Come to one of our upcoming HPM-specific BSPH Information Sessions! Register for a session here.

  • Carefully study all the links on this website.
  • Attend an Open House or HPM Information Session: see the box to the right and register there.
  • Meet with one or more current HPM BSPH students who are BSPH Program Ambassadors. They are happy to meet up to tell you about our program!
  • If after reviewing this information you have specific questions about our program, please contact our registrar Lynnette Jones or assistant registrar Jackie Siler about specific technical information about applying, coursework, or pre-requisites; or the program Director Karl UmbleIf you have any questions or encounter any problems with the online BSPH application, please contact: UNCSlateSupport@unc.edu

Our Mission

The mission of the BSPH program in Health Policy and Management is to develop responsible graduates who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and values to pursue successful careers in health systems in the U.S. and abroad.The program aims to prepare students for both entry-level positions and for advanced degree programs (e.g. graduate school, medical school, law school).

What are the strengths of our program?

What are our students interested in?

The following questions reflect just a few of the diverse interest areas our students explore while in the program:

  • Health disparities: What can we do to address the causes of health disparities both in the U.S. and internationally?
  • Health reform: In what ways will health reform change the future of U.S. health care?
  • Access to care: What can be done to improve access to health care for underserved populations?
  • Health care quality and costs: How can we improve quality of care while also managing rising health care expenditures?
  • Health promotion & disease prevention: What can we do to address preventable illnesses caused by tobacco use, obesity, and physical inactivity?
  • Global Health: How do other countries deliver health care and what can the U.S. learn from their successes and failures?


Additional Information:

BSPH News
  • Now back at UNC studying to receive her MSPH in Health Policy and Management, Jessica Broadus (HPM BSPH 2013) and her team took first place at the 22nd annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition, held Oct. 17-20 in San Antonio. Each came home with a $4,000 scholarship! Congratulations to Jessica!
  • HPM Graduate Madhu Vulimiri (BSPH 2014) recently appeared on NPR’s The State of Things with Frank Statio about “hotspotting” in Medicaid. Listen to the interview here! After two years working in healthcare consulting with Huron, Madhu is now in the Master of Public Policy program at the Duke Sanford School of Public Policy, conducting research with the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy. See Madhu’s article on consumer choice in health insurance markets here.

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