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

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

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

Program Focus

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?

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.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours:
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.
Expected Duration:
4 yrs
Summer enrollment is required: 2 credits hours during SS1 for the required internship (HPM 393).
Learning Environment:
Dual Degree Options Available:
Application Cycle:
Students apply in January of their sophomore year for admission the following fall. See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
January 9, 2018
Students apply in January of their sophomore year for admission the following fall. See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply:
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
    Applications Received:
    Applicants Admitted:
    Enrolled Student Demographics:
    • 75% / 25% female to male
    • 40% minority, including 17% underrepresented minorities (defined as Black or African American, Hispanic of any race, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander)
    • 3% international
    • mean age of 21
    Our School is committed to diversity and inclusion.
    Total Students Enrolled:
    Incoming Class Size:
    Matriculating class size for the program: 40

    Program Costs & Funding

    Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
    ~$9,100 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:
    ~$34,600 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.
    For 2016-2017, 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.

    • 20% of students received some loans.
    • 3% of students received non-service awards.

    Admissions Information

    Prior Degree Required:
    52-60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework
    Required Prerequisites:
    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 101, 106, 107, 108, or 407; One of the following: MATH 130, 152, 231, 232, or 233 OR STOR 112 or 113.

    Standardized Test(s) Accepted:
    None required
    Undergrad G.P.A.:
    Incoming students had a mean undergraduate GPA of 3.6
    Letters of Recommendation Required:
    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.
    Faculty-Student Match Required:
    Not required
    Interviews Required:
    Department will contact selected applicants for interviews.
    Work Experience Required:
    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.
    Visit Opportunities:

    Undergraduate Open House:

    • October 13, 2017
    • 3-5 pm

    Program Information Sessions (Register here):

    • October 4, 2017¬†5:00-6:30 pm
    • October 26, 2017 5:30 – 7:00 pm
    • November 3, 2017 10:00 – 11:30 am

    Please contact Ms. Jackie Siler to schedule a department visit.

    During the Program

    Required Courses:
    For a detailed description of all the requirements for this degree program please click here for the Student Handbook.
    Comprehensive Exam Type(s):
    No comprehensive exams
    Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation:
    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.
    Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork:
    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)
    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:
    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.
    Example Job Responsibilities:
    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.
    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:

    Jacqueline M. Siler
    Assistant Registrar
    (919) 966-4609
    120 Rosenau
    CB 7411
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599

    Contact one of our BSPH Program Ambassadors