Apply to Nutrition

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Nutrition’s (NUTR) application process. The University of North Carolina ‘s Department of Nutrition at the Chapel Hill campus provides nutrition training to undergraduates and graduate students who are studying to be physicians, educators, public health advisors, dietitians, nurses, nutritionists, policy makers or any of the other careers that require knowledge of nutrition and the role it plays in health and society.

The Department of Nutrition is the only such academic department in the United States that is a member of both a school of public health and a school of medicine. This dual role expands the base of expertise available to our department; extends to every nutrition student the opportunity to take courses in public health and medicine; increases the variety and caliber of students who may take a nutrition course; and affirms our commitment to the importance of studying nutrition as it relates to the physical health of human beings.

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Doctoral Program Show Details

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD Residential)

Students develop research and teaching skills in nutrition through coursework, doctoral research, practice opportunities, and preliminary doctoral examinations to prepare them for careers in scientific research or teaching at universities, federal or state agencies, industry or private research institutions. Students may minor in other fields, such as Epidemiology.

Master's Programs Show Details

Master of Public Health (MPH Residential)

Provides graduates with a strong background in: the science and practice of public health; the science of human nutrition and food science; and nutrition programs and services. Classroom experience is augmented by a final block field experiences.

Master of Science (MS Residential)

The MS degree in Nutrition is offered to those students who wish to increase their knowledge of nutrition science and to acquire skills in laboratory and population-based research. This degree will be useful for students interested in nutrition research or a career in industry, as well as for students considering pursuit of a doctoral degree in medicine or in other areas of public health and biomedical sciences. MS students will perform advanced research in nutrition and take graduate nutrition courses that will provide the information and experience needed to help them choose their career path. Additionally, for those students who are uncertain about whether they wish to enter the Department’s Doctoral program, the MS program offers an excellent opportunity to determine whether a more advanced degree would be appropriate. In summary, the MS program in Nutrition provides students the opportunity to explore nutrition at an advanced level.

Master of Public Health with Registered Dietitian Training (MPH-RD Residential)

Provides graduates with a strong background in: the science and practice of public health; the science of human nutrition and food science; and nutrition programs and services. Classroom experience is augmented through concurrent and block field experiences. Completion of the MPH w/ RD component prepares a student for the passage of the dietetic registration RD exam.

Undergraduate Program Show Details

Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH Residential)

The Department of Nutrition is one of the top-ranked Nutrition Departments in the country and our Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) program is one of the best pre-med programs nation-wide. This program introduces undergraduate students to the science of nutrition in health and disease, and to social and behavioral aspects of eating in the context of public and individual health. The curriculum offers a wide range of courses covering the biochemical, epidemiological and behavioral aspects of human nutrition and the related diseases. The Nutrition BSPH program prepares students for graduate study in public health and biomedical sciences. including nutrition, medicine, pharmacy or dentistry, or for entry-level positions in public health or dietetics. It requires all students to participate in nutrition research, with possibility to develop and defend Honors Thesis.

Certificate Programs Show Details

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Disparities (CIHD Residential)

Provides training that supports a long-term and sustained public health effort toward addressing and ultimately eliminating public health disparities experienced by African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian-Americans, and Pacific Islanders, compared to the U.S. as a whole. Students enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Certificate Program will gain a synthesis of knowledge across a variety of disciplines and an expanded depth of the nature and causality of health disparities and be able to translate knowledge into effective action within the U.S. and across the globe. This residential certificate program is available to current degree-seeking residential UNC system affiliate graduate students and professional learners enrolled in the Part-Time Classroom Studies program through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education.

Graduate Certificate in Global Health (CGH Residential)

The purpose of the Graduate Certificate in Global Health is to provide current graduate students with a comprehensive understanding of global health conditions, needs, and solutions that cross borders in both developing and industrialized countries and regions. The Certificate complements students’ departmental requirements by offering courses and seminars that will prepare them to work in changing environments and with diverse populations, enabling them to respond competently to the challenges inherent to a career in global health.  Students will learn to identify and analyze the factors that generate disparities in health status, health resources, and access to health information and services, particularly for ethnic minorities and other marginalized and vulnerable population groups. In conferring a Global Health Certificate, the School of Public Health acknowledges students’ capability and capacity to perform as public health professionals with a global perspective, with collaborative and cross-cultural sensitivity and skills. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication (CIHC Residential)

Provides current degree-seeking residential UNC graduate students with specialized training in health communication. Courses are designed to build expertise for applied practice, academic, and research settings. IHC faculty represent 6 disciplines and conduct research on e-health, message tailoring, risk communication, health decision-making, dissemination, media effects, usability of electronic medical information, and health marketing. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.

Graduate Certificate in Public Health Informatics (CPHI Residential)

This 12-credit hour specialized educational option prepares graduates for a variety of public health informatician roles. Combining the existing strength of the SPH curriculum and the informatics curriculum at the School of Information and Library Science (SILS), it will offer focused education with emphasis on public health information systems, information management and manipulation as well as evidence-based public health policy. The PHI certificate is envisioned as complementary to a graduate degree from SPH. Residential certificate programs are available to students currently enrolled in a residential graduate degree program at UNC Gillings.