Program Details

Minimum Credit Hours

Application Cycle

Application Deadlines
January 9, 2024 for current UNC students
October 15, 2023 for High School students applying through UNC Chapel Hill Early Action/Excel@Carolina
February 15, 2024 for UNC Transfer students

Expected Duration
2 Years (typically Junior and Senior year) in the major coursework, 4 Years total

Learning Environment

Accelerated/Dual Degree Options
The Department of Nutrition offers a B.S.P.H.–M.S. dual degree for students who wish to increase their knowledge in nutrition and acquire additional skills in nutrition-based research. This dual degree will be useful for students interested in becoming researchers in industry, program officers for nongovernmental and governmental organizations, project or laboratory managers in academic or nonacademic settings, international workers in nutrition-related programs, and graduate students pursuing a doctoral degree or eventually attending medical or another professional school. See our program handbook for more details.

How To Apply

For Current UNC Students

  • Select “Apply for Major/Minor Change” in ConnectCarolina, which is available from the “other academic…” dropdown menu, located under the Academics section of the Student Center tab (SelfService > Student Center).
  • Select the double arrow to go to the Apply for Major/Minor Change page, then select the BSPH major that you wish to apply for from the “Major/Minor” dropdown menu. You can click the “Dept. URL” button to display a link to department website.
  • Once you have made your selection from the “Major/Minor” dropdown menu, you will need to select fall semester and year from the “Term” dropdown menu.
  • Click the “I Agree” checkbox in order for the “Submit Request” button to become available.
  • You will receive an email the next business day with a link to start the BSPH application. As a result, you cannot submit a major change form on the due date of the application. Please pay close attention to application deadlines to ensure that you can complete and submit the application on time.

Undergraduates at UNC Chapel Hill typically apply to the major of their choice during the middle of their sophomore year and, if admitted, begin coursework in the major in their junior fall.

You may apply to more than one major; however, you will need to complete and submit separate applications to each major. To receive a link to an application for a second public health major, you will need to start the process again with “Apply for Major/Minor Change.”


For Current High School Students
  • Review our Assured Enrollment to our undergraduate majors.
  • Complete your application for admission on the Common Application or Coalition Application website by the Early Action deadline.
  • Complete the brief survey in the UNC supplement and indicate your interest for Assured Enrollment to on e or more of our undergraduate majors under Excel@Carolina opportunities. Please note that interest in these programs have no bearing on your admission decision, and the completion of this survey is not required for admission.


For Transfer Students

To apply for admission, follow these steps:

  • Go to the Common Application to create an account and start your application.
  • Submit the Common Application, the Common Application supplement, and application fee by the deadline above.
  • Upload the statement of purpose requested in your Common Application supplement.
  • Submit official transcripts from all high schools, colleges, and universities attended to:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Jackson Hall, Campus Box 2200
Chapel Hill, NC  27599-2200

  • Arrange to have two letters of recommendation – professional or academic – written on your behalf sent to
  • After you submit your application, you will receive instructions for creating your MyCarolina account, which will allow you to view the status of your application, including your admission decision. Be sure to check your MyCarolina account frequently for important application updates.


Admissions Information

Who Should Apply
The Nutrition BSPH combines the study of the biochemical, behavioral, food and nutrition sciences. The Nutrition Science and Research Track provides excellent preparation for medical and other health professional graduate programs and in-depth exposure to the science of nutrition and metabolism while incorporating required research under the supervision of a faculty member. The Nutrition Health and Society Track recognizes the truly interdisciplinary nature of nutrition and provides students an opportunity to study nutrition through the lenses of policy, sustainable food systems, and interventions while allowing the flexibility to customize 18 credits of study in related coursework.

Required Prerequisites
Students must successfully complete certain prerequisites prior to starting the major. Students are encouraged to complete as many prerequisites as possible before applying, but applications will be accepted from students with prerequisites in progress in spring of their sophomore year.

Undergraduate G.P.A.
3.0 GPA or higher

Letters of Recommendation Required
2 (academic and/or professional)

Not Required

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During and After The Program

For more information on our curriculum and graduate school/career outcomes, please visit the catalog.


Gillings Admissions

U’Ronda Higgs
Academic Coordinator

Ian Carroll
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Department of Nutrition
Our offices are located on the second floor of Rosenau Hall.
Faculty and Staff
Academic Coordinators

135 Dauer Drive
245 Rosenau Hall, CB # 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7461
(919) 966-7218