NUTR: Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH Residential) Details

UNC Gillings Program Details
NUTR: Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH Residential)

Our top-ranked department is unlike any other in the nation. Because we are positioned within a school of public health and a school of medicine, we can provide students with a broader range of faculty expertise and instruction and greater opportunities for critical, ground-breaking and innovative research. The work of our faculty members and students makes a real difference in people's lives. Our goal is to advance nutritional solutions to problems in public health and educate the next generation of leaders in nutrition. The department offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and postdoctoral degree programs, as well as training to support certification as a registered dietitian (RD).

We weigh multiple factors in admissions decisions. If you have questions about your qualifications for the program, please contact us.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) Program in Nutrition introduces the undergraduate student 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 Department of Nutrition is one of the top-ranked Nutrition Departments in the country. The curriculum offers a wide range of courses on the nutritional and epidemiological aspects of human diseases. It also allows students to participate in nutrition research projects or explore other related areas of interest. A BSPH in Nutrition prepares students for graduate study in nutrition, medicine, pharmacy, or dentistry or for entry-level positions in public health and/or dietetics that do not require a registered dietitian.

Overview of NUTR Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH Residential)

Program Focus

Combines the study of the biochemical, behavioral, food and nutrition sciences

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
120
2 yrs in UNC General College prior to application.
Expected Duration:
4 yrs
Learning Environment:
Residential
Dual Degree Options Available:
No
Application Cycle:
Fall
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
March 11, 2014
See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
UNC students with a B- or higher in prerequisites; C or higher in all SPH courses. The program will prepare students for graduate studies in nutrition, biomedical sciences, medicine, dentistry and other public health professions.
Applications Received:
~30
Applicants Admitted:
~25
Enrolled Student Demographics:
  • 67% / 33% female to male
  • 54% minority, including 26% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
  • 2% international
  • mean age of 21
Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
Total Students Enrolled:
~45
Incoming Class Size:
Matriculating class size for the program: 30-39

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.

  • 31% of students received some tuition support.
  • 20% of students received grants.
  • 18% of students received some loans.
  • 31% of students received non-service awards.
  • 10% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required:
60 hours of undergraduate coursework
Required Prerequisites:
  • B- or better in each of the following: BIOL 252, CHEM 102, CHEM 261, NUTR 240
  • C or better in each of the following: BIOL 101 & 101L, CHEM 101 & 101L, CHEM 102L, MATH 130, MATH 231
Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
None required
Students' grades from their first 2 years at UNC are reviewed.
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

Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
No comprehensive exams
Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
None required
Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
Fieldwork required
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:
The main goal of this program is to prepare students for graduate studies.
Example Job Responsibilities:
Graduate studies in nutrition, biomedical sciences, medicine, dentistry, and other health professions. Entry level positions in community and public health nutrition or in clinical or research laboratories.

Program Contact:

Joanne O. Lee
Student Services Manager
(919) 966-7212
260 Rosenau Hall
CB 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7461
USA
Mirek Styblo
Adjunct Associate Professor Associate Professor
(919) 966-5721
2302 Michael Hooker Res. Center
CB 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7461
USA