The Department of
Nutrition at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides
nutrition training to undergraduates and graduate students who are studying to
be physicians, educators, public health advisors, dietitians, nurses,
nutritionists, policy makers or any of the other careers that require knowledge
of nutrition and the role it plays in health and society.
UNC's Department of
Nutrition is the only such academic department in the United States
that is a member of both a school of public health and a school of medicine.
This dual role expands the base of expertise available to our department;
extends to every nutrition student the opportunity to take courses in public
health and medicine; increases the variety and caliber of students who may take
a nutrition course; and affirms our commitment to the importance of studying
nutrition as it relates to the physical health of human beings.
Interested in Getting More
Contact Joanne Lee,
Student Services Manager in the Nutrition Department,
* MHA, MS, MSEE, PhD Students
Students in these degree programs, who have not earned a PH professional degree, are required to complete an introduction to public health course. The following courses have been approved to meet this CEPH requirement: SPHG 600, HPM 611 or PUBH 680 (approved substitutions). Please refer to your degree handbook below for more information.
Bachelor of Science in
Public Health (B.S.P.H.)
Is the BSPH Nutrition
Program Right for You?
A BSPH prepares students for entry-level
positions in community and public health nutrition or for graduate study in
nutrition, medicine, or other allied health professions. Nutrition students' academic preparation
combines the study of the basic, behavioral, food and nutrition sciences.
The curriculum offers a wide range of
courses on the nutritional and epidemiological aspects of human diseases, a
broad perspective on human biology that takes cultural as well as organic
factors into account and a strong clinical orientation.
Nutrition plays an important role in the
development and maintenance of optimal health in individuals of all ages. Current
research focuses on nutrition and diet as critical factors in prevention and
treatment of the major diseases which cause death and disability in the
United States. Over the past decade, this awareness has led
to an increase in the diversity of opportunities available to the person
trained in nutrition.
About the Program
Students who graduate with a BSPH Degree in Nutrition have the necessary prerequisites for applying to medical school, dental
school, pharmacy school, veterinary school and other graduate programs
Previously the BSPH Program has offered two cores (Core I and Core II). However, secondary to new standards from the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education the pre-dietetics (Core I) program will close effective August 2010. At this time, students are no longer being accepted into the program.
BSPH Student Handbook for 2013-2014 (information about admissions requirements and program information):
The Pre-professional program provides courses in preparation for admission into
medical school, dental school, veterinary school, pharmacy school, or other graduate programs.
Information for prospective student (how to apply)
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Master of Public
Is the MPH Nutrition
Program Right for You?
you see yourself...
- Designing and
implementing a breast-feeding promotion program?
- Describing the
relationship between diet, blood lipids, and the progression or regression
of heart disease to a group of health professionals?
- As a state nutrition
We offer two
tracks: 1) MPH with combined Registered
Dietitian (RD) component
and 2) MPH (this does not include any RD component).
The MPH/RD (Track 1) leads to the
MPH degree and completion of the registered dietitian (RD) requirements.
The MPH/RD track qualifies graduates for
careers in nutrition and dietetic experts who manage nutrition programs in
public health agencies, hospitals, clinics, educational institutions, and
industry. Recent graduates are working
in federal, state, and local public health agencies, Health Maintenance
Organizations, health promotion/wellness programs, hospitals, and in the
nutrition advocacy and legislative and public policy arenas. Others have earned doctoral degrees and
pursued academic careers in research and teaching.
Successful completion of the MPH-RD Professional Program
meets the knowledge and performance requirements identified by the Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics (The Academy).
At the end of the program, all MPH-RD students are eligible to take the
dietetic registration RD exam. The
Coordinated Master's Program in Public Health Nutrition is currently granted
accreditation status by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition
and Dietetics, 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, Illinois
60606-6995, phone: 1-800-877-1600, Ext 5400.
The MPH (Track 2) is a program
for individuals who do not intend to practice nutrition/ dietetics in the
United States and those who already have a clinical credential. This includes
some international students, students with a medical or dental degree who
desire breadth of knowledge of the field of public health with a specialization
in nutrition, and students who are already registered dietitians. Students
choosing this track do NOT complete RD requirements.
About the Program
of the MPH program provides the graduate with a strong background in the
science and practice of public health, a sound knowledge of the science of
human nutrition and food science, and in the professional MPH tracks, and
working knowledge of nutrition programs and services gained through concurrent
and block field experiences which augment classroom experiences.
The philosophy of the Coordinated Masters
Program (Coordinated Program) is to prepare nutritionists who can function
productively, creatively and independently, yet in collaboration with other
health professionals in primary, secondary and tertiary health promotion and
MPH Open House 2013-2014 (meet with faculty, staff, and students, while learning more about our Masters program)
MPH Student Handbook 2013-2014 (information about admissions requirements and the
We now participate in SOPHAS.
Nutrition MPH applications for Fall 2014, must submit a
Please review instructions before beginning your
Please do not submit a Graduate School application until you
have submitted your
SOPHAS application and received an email from UNC.
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Master of Science in
Nutritional Biochemistry (M.S.)
Is the MS in Nutritional
Biochemistry Program Right for You?
- Are you undecided
about a career in biomedical research or medicine?
- Do you wish to
improve your credentials before applying to medical or dental school?
- Do you want to
improve your research skills?
- Are you interested in
working for a pharmaceutical, nutrition, or food company?
About the Program
Division of Nutritional Biochemistry offers a MS degree in Nutrition
(Nutritional Biochemistry) for those students who wish to increase their
knowledge in nutrition and to acquire additional skills in laboratory research. This degree will be useful for students
interested in research in industry, and those considering pursuit of a doctoral
degree or eventually attending medical or another professional school. MS students will perform advanced research in
nutritional biochemistry and take graduate nutrition courses that will provide
the information and experience you need to help choose the right career path. Additionally, for those students who are
uncertain about whether they wish to enter the Department's Doctoral program,
the MS program offers an excellent opportunity to determine whether a more
advanced degree would be appropriate. In
summary, the MS program in Nutrition allows students the opportunity to explore
nutritional biochemistry at an advanced level. Please view the MS Handbook
for information on time required to complete the degree, course information,
research opportunities, and financial support. Individuals with advanced degrees (such as the
M.D., D.D.S or equivalent professional degree) are also encouraged to
apply. All applicants should have
relevant laboratory experience.
MS Student Handbook 2013-2014 (information about admissions requirements and the
Information for prospective students (Graduate School Application and Instructions)
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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Is the Doctoral Program
in Nutrition Right for You?
you ever considered a career as...
- A university
- A scientist in an
international food company?
- A policy maker at the
state or national level?
- A scientist working
at the National Cancer Institute, World Bank, USAID, US Department of
Agriculture, or a pharmaceutical company?
- Director of a private
foundation addressing health and nutrition issues?
so, doctoral training in Nutrition at UNC may be right for you.
About the Program
faculty research interests ranging from molecular biology to population and
community-based research, we offer a breadth of training opportunities through
our three departmental units.
an understanding of biological mechanisms and strong training in analytical
techniques, students in Nutrition
population research in areas such as the association between diet and disease
(breast cancer, CVD, and obesity), trends in nutrient intake, meal patterns,
and body composition of minority women, children, and adolescents living in the
US, nutrition during pregnancy and birth outcomes, as well as the effect of
prenatal exposures on long term health outcomes.
Special Opportunities for Doctoral Students at the NRI
the key concept of integrative molecular metabolism, our students in Nutritional Biochemistry conduct research in areas such as
regulation of fat cell formation, triglyceride synthesis, the effect of choline
deficiency on brain cells, and interactions between nutrition and viral
mutations. A degree in nutritional biochemistry prepares you for a career in academics or industry.
Information for prospective students
(Graduate School Application and Instructions)
for a letter from the Associate Chair of the Nutrition Department for
information on the application process.
To enhance your UNC experience, the department offers numerous ways for students to finance their education
, get involved in volunteer service activities
and participate in various student organizations
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