Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH)
Program mission: To develop responsible graduates who have the necessary knowledge, skills, and values to pursue successful careers in service to others in health systems in the U.S. and abroad. The program aims to prepare students for both entry-level positions and for advanced degree programs (e.g. graduate school, medical school, law school). What are the strengths of our program?
- The quality of our students and the success of our graduates.
- The supportive learning environment we create.
- The applied nature of our curriculum.
What are our students interested in? The following questions reflect just a few of the diverse interest areas our students explore while in the program:
- Health disparities:What can we do to address the causes of health disparities both in the U.S. and internationally?
- Health reform: In what ways will health reform change the future of U.S. healthcare?
- Access to care: What can be done to improve access to healthcare for underserved populations?
- Healthcare quality and costs: How can we improve quality of care while also managing rising healthcare expenditures?
- Health promotion & disease prevention: What can we do to address preventable illnesses caused by tobacco use, obesity, and physical inactivity?
- Global Health: How do other countries deliver healthcare and what can the U.S. learn from their successes and failures? How can we improve health systems and services in low resource countries?
- Management and Leadership: How can we best lead organizations and partnerships toward providing high quality services and achieving great outcomes?
For a thorough introduction to the HPM BSPH Program and ways to meet current students, please visit our BSPH Program website.
120 2 yrs spent in UNC General College prior to admission. Credit hours not to exceed 165; Local residence for the last 30 hours of degree credit.
4 yrs Summer enrollment is required: 2 credits hours during SS1 for the required internship (HPM 393).
Fall Students apply in January of their sophomore year for admission the following fall. See application details page for more info.
January 14, 2020 Students apply in January of their sophomore year for admission the following fall. See application details page for more info.
Strong applicants demonstrate the following qualities:
- Strong academic performance
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Demonstrated interest in the field of health policy and management
- Professionalism and maturity
- Ability to work well on teams
- Total Enrollment 1620
- Female 72%, Male 28%
- Underrepresented Minority Students 16.3%
- International 11%
Program Costs & Funding
- Tuition and fee information can be found on the University Cashier website. Gillings School of Global Public Health tuition and fees for the 2018-2019 academic year can be found on pages 7, 8 and 9.
- Compare the cost of living at UNC and surrounding areas with other comparison schools.
- Learn about the funding opportunities from the UNC Graduate School, the UNC Gillings Financial Aid page, and the UNC Office of Scholarship & Student Aid.
52-60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
Prerequisites (must be completed with a 'C' or better before beginning program): ECON -101; One of the following: STOR-155 or ECON 400; BIOL-101, BIOL-101L; One of the following: BUSI 102, 106, 107, 108, or 407 (if you have previously taken BUSI 101 at UNC during the last 2 years then we will accept this as your BUSI pre-req) ; One of the following: MATH 130, 152, 231, 232, or 233 OR STOR 112 or 113.
Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.6
2 (academic and/or professional; at least one academic). The strongest letters of reference are often from professors or teaching assistants or supervisors who have worked with you.
Department will contact selected applicants for interviews.
None required Demonstrated interest in the field is highly desirable. Examples include (but are not limited to) health-related internships, volunteer activities, work experiences, student organizations, and course projects.
Learn about opportunities to come to UNC Gillings to meet faculty, staff, and current students. If you are unable to come to campus – don’t worry – our representatives attend a variety of recruitment events around the United States as well as host virtual fairs and webinars.
During the Program
For a detailed description of all the requirements for this degree program please click here for the Student Handbook.
No comprehensive exams
Senior honors thesis (HPM 691H Honors Research | Syllabus: https://sph.unc.edu/files/2014/06/hpm_691H_syllabus.pdf and HPM 692H) is available to students who meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in completing independent research during their senior year.
10-week, full-time internship in a health-related setting in the summer between the junior and senior years (HPM 393, 2 credits in senior fall, $400 field training fee)
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
Healthcare consulting firms, hospitals, health systems, physician practices, public health departments, government agencies, health research organizations, community health organizations, health insurance companies, health technology organizations, global health organizations Peace Corps, in addition to a wide variety of graduate and professional school opportunities. See our BSPH student success page.
Work with health organizations to improve patient satisfaction, quality of care, access to care and financial performance. Educate community members about health matters. Conduct research on public health concerns and report outcomes to health organizations or government agencies. Manage a health care practice or hospital service area.
Complete online applicationMoreLess
- Application Deadline: January 14, 2020
- Fee: 0
- Step Link
(The Graduate School Application is a common application system for UNC-Chapel Hill programs.)
See program details in GPS for requirements such as prequisites, prior degree, work experience, any test score waivers, as well as a tuition estimate and program overview.
- The first step is to "Apply for Major/Minor Change" in your ConnectCarolina and is available from the "other academic..." dropdown menu, located under the Academics section of the Student Center tab (SelfService > Student Center). 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, as the email with the application link does not get sent until the next business day. Please pay close attention to application deadlines to ensure that you can complete and submit the application on time. For transfer students, please visit: http://admissions.unc.edu/apply/transfer-students/transfer-admission-to-professional-schools/school-of-public-health/
- Current UNC students are eligible to apply to a Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) degree program after completion of department-specific BSPH program prerequisites and most General College requirements. Students are eligible for admission after completing 52-60 credit hours of coursework or by examination/advanced placement credit. UNC students typically apply to the Gillings School of Global Public Health in the second semester of their sophomore year of study for fall admission the following academic year. You may apply to more than one department; however you will need to complete and submit an application to each department.
- All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be submitted no later than the application deadline (listed above).
Plans for undergraduate study
Applicant information, including North Carolina residency information.
- Please upload an unofficial or official transcript for all colleges that you have attended since graduating from high school, including your fall grades.
Work and volunteer experience
(Upload your resume in this section.) It is not necessary to enter this information if it is included on your resume.
Awards, recognitions and activities
It is not necessary to enter this information if it is included on your resume.
You will be asked about honor code, crime, academic sanction, military discharge, etc.
Upload your personal statement.
- Upload your statement in the Supplemental Documents section. Please address the following (no more than two pages, single-spaced):
- When/how/why did you become interested in the BSPH program?
- What experience (volunteer or paid) contributed to your interest in the field?
- What do you feel you have to offer to the program and field?
- How will this program prepare you for your projected career?
- Please answer the above personal statement in two pages or less. Then, on an additional page: For each of the pre-requisites that you are taking for our program, please list the following:
- BIOL 101; BE-3
- BIOL Lab; UNC-CH; In progress
- BUSI 106; UNC-CH; A
- STAT 419; Elon University; A-
- MATH 231; UNC-CH; B
- ECON 101; North Carolina State University; B+
Enter names of recommenders. UNC will then send them an email with instructions for submitting a letter on your behalf. We encourage references from professors or teachers (or teaching assistants) or work/research supervisors who have worked directly and closely with you and who can speak about you with specificity.
- Two (2) letters of recommendation are required. At least one of your letters should be from someone qualified to evaluate your academic qualifications.
Document submission (check legibility of uploads)
- Applicants should preview all documents uploaded into the application system to ensure that all documents are legible for committee review.
Track your progress.
- You will be able to track status through the Graduate School application. Once a decision is made, you will receive an email instructing login to the Graduate School application portal to see the decision letter.
FYI: costs and funding (separate from the admissions process)MoreLess
Check out our Costs and Funding page.
Apply for FEDERAL financial aid by March 1 (please verify this date via FAFSA) via FAFSA. If you've been admitted and completed the FAFSA form by their deadline, the UNC Office of Scholarships and Student Aid will create a financial aid package for you.
- Department does not offer funding for this program.
FYI: application review processMoreLess
SPH application review:
- Department will contact selected applicants for interviews.
- You will be notified via email regarding program decision.