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

UNC Gillings Program Details
: Bachelor of Science in Public Health to Master of Science with Nutritional Biochemistry Concentration (BSPH/MS )

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

Program Focus

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:
No
Application Cycle:
Fall
See application details page for more info.
Application Deadline 1:
March 12, 2018
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.

Program Costs & Funding

Estimated In-State Tuition & Fees:
~$8,600 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.
Estimated Out-of-State Tuition & Fees:
~$33,700 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.
Funding:
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.

  • 3% of students received some tuition support.
  • 18% of students received some loans.
  • 3% of students received non-service awards.
  • 4% received some teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or other temporary compensation.

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.
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
Visit Opportunities:

There is at least one open-house event in the spring for both admitted applicants and applicants awaiting an admissions decision.

For more information, contact Joanne Lee.

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
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:

Jonathan Earnest
Academic Coordinator
919-966-7212
260 Rosenau Hall CB # 7461 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7461
Mirek Styblo
Adjunct Associate Professor Associate Professor
(919) 966-5721
2302 Michael Hooker Res. Center
CB 7461
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7461
USA