Bachelor of Science in Public Health to Master of Science with Nutritional Biochemistry Concentration (BSPH/MS)

The Department of Nutrition offers a BSPH/MS dual degree for those 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 a research career in industry, program officers for non-governmental and governmental organizations, project or laboratory management in academic or non-academic settings, international work in nutrition-related programs, and for those considering pursuit of a doctoral degree or eventually attending medical or another professional school.  BSPH/MS students will perform advanced research in nutrition and take graduate nutrition and other courses that will provide the information and experience needed to help them choose their career path.  Additionally, for those students who are uncertain about whether they wish to enter the Department’s Doctoral program, the BSPH/MS program offers an excellent opportunity to determine whether a more advanced degree would be appropriate.  The BSPH/MS degree builds on the work (both classroom-based and research) begun in the BSPH in Nutrition program.  In summary, the BSPH/MS program in Nutrition allows students the opportunity to explore nutritional research at an advanced level.  The program can be completed in one calendar year (summer, fall, spring) following completion of the BSPH in Nutrition program.

General Information

Minimum Credit Hours

The BSPH degree requires 120-credit hours. The MS degree requires 30-credit hours.

Expected Duration

5 years

Dual Degree Options Available


Application Cycle

Fall See application details page for more info.

Application Deadline 1

March 12, 2019 See application details page for more info.

Applicant Information

Who Should Apply

Students interested in research in industry, and those considering pursuit of a doctoral degree or eventually attending medical or another professional school.

Enrolled Student Demographics

  • Total Enrollment 1620
  • Female 72%, Male 28%
  • Underrepresented Minority Students 16.3%
  • International 11%

Program Costs & Funding

Admissions Information

Prior Degree Required

Bachelor's degree must be in nutrition from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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 231

    Standardized Test(s) Accepted

    None required Students' grades from their first 2 years at UNC are reviewed.

    Standardized Test(s) Scores

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

Not required

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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)

Comprehensive written and oral exams

Capstone, Thesis or Dissertation

Master's research; Master's thesis; Seminar presentation

Practicum, Internships & Fieldwork

The MS in Biochemistry focuses on laboratory research. Fieldwork is not 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

Research in industry; pursuit of doctoral degree; attendance of medical or other professional school

Example Job Responsibilities

Development of research protocols; data collection and analysis for research studies

  1. Complete online application
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    • Application Deadline: March 12, 2019
    • Fee: 0
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    (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:
      • 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).    
    2. Applicant type

    3. Plans for undergraduate study

    4. Applicant information,  including North Carolina residency information.

    5. Educational history

    6. Prerequisite courses

    7. 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.

    8. Awards, recognitions and activities

      It is not necessary to enter this information if it is included on your resume.

    9. Community standards

      You will be asked about honor code, crime, academic sanction, military discharge, etc.

    10. 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?
    11. 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.

        • Three (3) letters of recommendation are required. Two recommenders should be qualified to evaluate your academic and personal qualifications, as well as your potential for academic success in a professional program.
    12. 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.
    13. 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.
  2. FYI: costs and funding (separate from the admissions process)
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    1. Check out our Costs and Funding page.

    2. Apply for FEDERAL financial aid by March 1, 2018 (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.

    3. Department funding

      • Department does not offer funding for this program.
  3. FYI: application review process
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    1. SPH application review:

      • Interview
        • No interview required.
      • You will be notified via email regarding program decision.

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.

Credit Hours:
The BSPH degree requires 120-credit hours. The MS degree requires 30-credit hours.
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