ESE: Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences (BSPH Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
ESE: Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences (BSPH Residential)

We look for students with strong preparation in the fundamental sciences who are enthusiastic about environmental health. We provide a rigorous yet flexible education designed to develop comprehensive understanding of the environmental factors that impact human health.

Overview of ESE Bachelor of Science in Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences (BSPH Residential)

Program Focus

Provides students with a fundamental grounding in the basic and applied sciences for advanced scientific education, professional schools, or careers in practice in the field of public health with emphasis in environmental health sciences. BSPH graduates will be able to demonstrate a basic level of understanding in the fundamental sciences; describe the relationship between public health and environmental sciences and engineering; identify major issues in environmental sciences and engineering; describe significant regulatory components that have shaped environmental policy; and demonstrate written and oral communication skills related to environmental sciences and engineering issues within a public health context.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
120
Students may apply in 2nd semester of sophomore year. Transfer students must have completed one semester at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Expected Duration:
4 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
Application Cycle:
Fall
The deadline for fall 2014 admission is February 14, 2014. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
February 10, 2015
The deadline for fall 2014 admission is February 14, 2014. See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
Students interested in the connection between the environment and human health. Undergraduates with a record well above average.
Applications Received:
~35
Applicants Admitted:
~30
Enrolled Student Demographics:
  • 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:
~50
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 20-29

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
~$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:
~$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.

  • 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:
None
Required Prerequisites:
Courses required for admission: By the end of their sophomore year successful applicants should have earned a grade of C or better from UNC-Chapel Hill in at least one course in three of the following groups:
  • BIOL 201, 202;
  • CHEM 102/102L, 261;
  • COMP 116 (or approved alternatives);
  • MATH 231 or 241, 232 or 283, 233;
  • PHYS 114, 115, 118, 119.
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
None required
We typically review the student's grades from their first 2 years at UNC, and not prior test scores.
Undergrad G.P.A.:
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:
Not required
Interviews Required:
Not required
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:
  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 coursese 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.
Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
No comprehensive exams
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
Capstone (may substitute 3-credit practicum experience and report upon approval)
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Practicum (3 credits) can substitute for capstone upon approval
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.

NOTE: Undergraduate students have limited opportunity to pursue our certificates or global health courses.

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
  • Science teaching, fieldwork, lab technician, sample collection and analysis, surveys, data analysis
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:

Jack Whaley
Student Services Manager
(919) 966-4818
162A Rosenau Hall
CB 7431
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7431
USA
L. M. Ball
Professor
(919) 966-7306
158 Rosenau Hall
CB 7431
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7431
USA