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Bachelor of Science in Public Health - Frequently Asked Questions
Admission into the Health Policy and Management program requires the submission of an application and participation in an interview. All interested undergraduate candidates should apply in the fall of sophomore year to begin the program the fall of junior year. Students are eligible to apply if they will have completed 52-60 credit hours of coursework prior to beginning the program. Applications for admission for the fall semester are due the second Tuesday of January. See general application information and a link to the online application here.
For more information regarding admissions, please contact:
Jackie Siler-Coleman, Assistant Registrar
Residential Master's and BSPH Programs
Admissions information is available online on the BSPH Admissions and Tuition page.
Transfer students are eligible to apply to the BSPH Program but are expected to have completed the equivalents of the program prerequisites and the majority of the UNC - CH General College requirements. Transfer students typically also apply to the BSPH Program in the first semester of their sophomore year of study.
Transfer applicants must submit an application through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions to be considered for admission to the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health no later than the second Tuesday of January. Applications received after that date may be considered on a space-available basis.
Information on how to apply can be found here.
NOTE: Applicants are encouraged to complete the application as early as possible. Applicants not admitted to the BSPH program should notify Undergraduate Admissions if they want to be considered for admission to the University with a different major.
When are applications due?
Applications for admission for the fall semester are due the second Tuesday of January. Applications received after that date may be considered on a space-available basis.
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Are interviews required for admission?
Yes. Interviews will typically be conducted in January, February, and March.
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What if I plan to study abroad in the Spring semester? May I still apply?
If you are studying abroad in the Spring semester, you may still apply to the BSPH Program. However, we recommend that you apply by November 1st, to ensure completion of the process prior to your semester abroad.
How will I be notified of my acceptance and how long does it take?
You will be notified of the admission decision via email. It generally takes about two months to be notified. However, the date of notification will vary contingent upon several factors, such as the date your application is designated "complete" by the appropriate office or offices, the admissions review schedule, and your application status as a transfer or intra-university UNC-Chapel Hill student.
What grade point average must a student have in order be considered for the Bachelor's program in the Department of Health Policy and Management?
A student should have 3.0 grade point average on all freshman and sophomore course work. Applicants with lower GPAs may be considered if their applications demonstrate strengths that offset the GPA concern. The mean GPA of admitted applicants in recent years has been approximately 3.4.
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What prerequisite courses are required before applying?
Prospective students are expected to complete the following prerequisite courses:
In addition, students are expected to complete one of the following six math classes:
What if I do not have any prior health care experience?
The Department does not require any formal healthcare experience to gain admission but does consider relevant experience, volunteer or paid, when reviewing applications. Gaining such experience prior to beginning the program is to the advantage of the student.
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Does the program allow me to gain health care experience?
Each student in the department is required to complete a 12-week, field-based practicum or internship during the summer between the junior and senior years. In addition, some HPM courses provide the opportunity for students to work on projects involving organizations in the community.
How many semester hours are required for graduation?
At least 120 hours (not counting required physical education) are required for graduation -- with a junior-senior distribution of approximately 60 semester hours required.
Total hours required:
What kind of career can I pursue with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health degree?
Graduates of the program begin interesting management and policy careers in a variety of different healthcare settings, including (but not limited to) health systems, such as hospitals; medical group practices, consulting firms, government agencies, community health organizations and public health departments.Graduates of the Bachelor's program have also successfully pursued graduate degrees in a broad range of fields, including public health, law, medicine, dentistry, business administration, and social work.
Are there lots of jobs in healthcare?
Healthcare is one of the largest industries in the U.S. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare will generate 3.2 million new jobs between 2008 and 2018, more than any other industry.
Don't see the answer to your question? Contact:
Jackie Siler, Assistant Registrar Residential Master's and BSPH Programs 919-966-4609 firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Last updated October 17, 2013|