The Department of Nutrition at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)
The Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) 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. It also allows students to participate in nutrition research projects or explore other related areas of interest and combines the study of the biochemical, behavioral, food and nutrition sciences. Students can study one of two tracks: (1) Nutrition Science and Research, or (2) Nutrition Health and Society. For current BSPH Nutrition students, the Department of Nutrition also offers an accelerated BSPH-MS Program for which students apply during their senior year and complete their MS within one year of graduation from the BSPH Program.
Master of Public Health (MPH)
The redesigned UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Master of Public Health (MPH) program is for people who are passionate about solving urgent local and global public health problems. With a legacy of outstanding education, cutting edge research and globally-recognized leadership, the UNC Gillings School is creating the next generation of public health leaders through our integrated training program and 21st century curriculum. The Department of Nutrition hosts the Nutrition and Nutrition and Dietetics concentrations.
Master of Science (MS)
The Master of Science in Nutrition (MS) is for students who wish to increase their knowledge of nutrition science and to acquire skills in laboratory and population-based nutrition research. This degree prepares students for careers in research and industry, as well as those considering the pursuit of a doctoral degree or eventually attending medical or another professional school. For current BSPH Nutrition students, the Department of Nutrition also offers an accelerated BSPH-MS Program for which students apply during their senior year and complete their MS within one year of graduation from the BSPH Program.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) develops students' research and teaching skills through coursework, research, practice opportunities and preliminary doctoral examinations. Together, these experiences prepare graduates for careers in scientific research or teaching at universities, in federal or state agencies, and in industry or private research institutions. Students may minor in other fields, such as epidemiology. Doctoral program opportunities are available at the UNC Chapel Hill campus and the Nutrition Research Institute (NRI).