ESE: Dual Bachelor's-to-Master of Science in Public Health Program (BSPH-MSPH Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
ESE: Dual Bachelor's-to-Master of Science in Public Health Program (BSPH-MSPH Residential)

Overview of ESE Dual Bachelor's-to-Master of Science in Public Health Program (BSPH-MSPH Residential)

Program Focus

Intended for current UNC-Chapel Hill students in a science or math undergraduate program (including BSPH) who are interested in a research-based master’s degree with a public health focus and advanced practice or doctoral study in environmental health sciences.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
162
120 credits for bachelor's; 42 credits for MSPH
Expected Duration:
5 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
No
Application Cycle:
Spring
You may apply for spring 2015 admission between 8/1/2014 - 10/14/2014, and fall 2015 admission between 8/1/2014 - 4/14/2015. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
April 14, 2015
You may apply for spring 2015 admission between 8/1/2014 - 10/14/2014, and fall 2015 admission between 8/1/2014 - 4/14/2015. See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Students interested in doctoral study or public health practice with an emphasis on environmental health science or engineering.
Applications Received:
~5
Applicants Admitted:
~5
Enrolled Student Demographics:
BSPH:
  • 64% / 36% female to male
  • 38% minority, including 6% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 6% international
  • mean age of 21
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
BSPH: ~50
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 0-10

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
BSPH: ~$8,500 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
BSPH: ~$30,000 per year
Estimates for this academic year only. Does not include summer tuition and fees. Additional special School/course/course overload/program/other fees may apply. See the UNC Finance Division's website for the most current data.
Funding:
For 2011-2012, students in this program received funding from various UNC sources, including department, School and University. Data below include only funding administered by UNC. Categories are not mutually exclusive.

  • BSPH: 29% of students received some tuition support.
  • 13% of students received grants.
  • 16% of students received some loans.
  • 42% of students received non-service awards.
  • 6% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
Bachelor's degree must be in a science or math field from UNC-Chapel Hill.
Required Prerequisites:
None
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
GRE(TOEFL/IELTS for int'l students only.) (required of international students)
Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions.
Standardized Test(s) Scores:
BSPH: On average, incoming students had 82nd percentile verbal and 93rd percentile quantitative. Standardized test scores are one of many factors we consider in making admissions decisions. If you have concerns about your scores, please talk with us.
Undergrad G.P.A.:
BSPH: Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.6
Letters of Recommendation Required:
3 (academic and/or professional; academic preferred)
Faculty-Student Match Required:
Before or in the beginning of the final year of undergraduate study, the student should identify a prospective faculty advisor for the master’s degree who has compatible research interests and is willing to endorse the student’s application to the program.
Interviews Required:
Prospective applicant must contact the director of the dual bachelor's/master’s program, Dr. Stephen Whalen to schedule an interview.
Work Experience Required:
None required
Visit Opportunities:

There is at least one open-house event in the spring for both admitted applicants and applicants awaiting an admissions decision.

During the Program

Required Courses:
For BSPH:
  1. General Education Requirements (common to classic and all three concentrations): Foundations (English, Foreign Language, Fitness, Quantitative Reasoning (fulfilled by MATH 231); Approaches (Physical and Life Sciences – BIOL 101+101L, CHEM 101+101L; 3 social sciences/history courses, VP; LA; PR; 5 Connections (CI – BIOL 101L, QI/QR – MATH 232; GL; EE; US)).
  2. Basic Science Requirements:
    • Classic and Environmental Health Biology Concentration: BIOL 201; BIOL 202; CHEM 102+102L; CHEM 261; MATH 233 if placed out of MATH 231 and MATH 232; PHYS 116/118 and 117/119 or PHYS 104/114 and 105/115.
    • Additional Requirements for Environmental Chemistry Concentration: MATH 233; MATH 383; CHEM 241/L; CHEM 481; PHYS 116/118 and PHYS 117/119 preferred.
    • Additional Requirements for Environmental Physics Concentration: MATH 233; MATH 383; PHYS 116/118 and PHYS 117/119 preferred.
  3. Skills: COMP 116 (or approved alternatives)
  4. Public Health Core: BIOS 600; EPID 600; HBHE 600 and HPM 600
  5. Environmental Health Core: ENVR 230; ENVR 430; ENVR 698 or alternatives.
  6. Advanced Electives:
    • Classic: Four courses at the 400 level or higher that are relevant to Environmental Health, and of which two are listed or cross-listed with ENVR.
    • Environmental Chemistry Concentration: Four courses selected from ENVR 403, 416, 419, 451, 575, 650, and/or 675.
    • Environmental Health Biology Concentration: Four courses selected from ENVR 411, 412, 421, 431, 433, 442, 68, 630, and/or 640.
    • Environmental Physics Concentration: Four courses selected from ENVR 403, 416, 451, 452, 453, 666, 671, 672 and/or 675.
  7. Involvement in research is encouraged but not required. Optional: honors research and thesis, minor/two minors, second major, second major plus minor, study abroad.
For BSPH requirements, please see the BSPH program description and BSPH course worksheet. For MSPH:
  • ENVR 400 Seminar Series | Syllabus: http://www.unc.edu/~weinberg/400/archive/spring2014/index.shtml
  • ENVR 430 Health Effects of Environmental Agents | Syllabus: http://sph.unc.edu/files/2013/07/430.pdf
  • 3creditsofresearch(ENVR991)
  • 3creditsofMaster'sTechnicalReport(ENVR992)
  • 1creditofPracticum(ENVR981).
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Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
Comprehensive oral exam
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Master's technical report based on original research
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Practicum required (minimum 1 credit)
Global Options Available:

The UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health strives to integrate global content and approaches across the School’s courses, programs and degrees. We believe that every student should emerge from our School with an understanding of global health issues. Some courses are focused largely on global issues, others are designed so that global and local issues are intertwined and some still are evolving. Learn more about these options.

Many enrolled students will have the opportunity to pursue our graduate global health certificate, while others may choose global health courses, internships or independent study with global focus.

After the Program

Employment Opportunities:
Graduate or professional education; teaching; consulting; Peace Corps; non-governmental organizations
Example Job Responsibilities:
  • Determine data collection methods for research projects, investigations, and surveys
  • Collect environmental data, such as samples of air, soil, water, food, and other materials, for scientific analysis
  • Analyze samples, surveys, and other information
The Gillings Program Search is a tool for exploring academic programs at the School. It is a prospectus for the current year to be used in consultation with an academic adviser and does not constitute the complete degree or program requirements for graduation or program completion.

Program Contact:

Wake Harper
Student Services Assistant
(919) 966-3844
135 Dauer Dr
CB CB# 7431
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
USA
Stephen C. Whalen
Professor
(919) 966-9895
166 Rosenau Hall
CB 7431
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7431
USA