There are a number of schools in North Carolina offering nutrition-related undergraduate and graduate degree programs that can train students for careers in holistic nutrition. These programs are typically in the areas of public health, nutrition or dietetics, and they can prepare graduates to work as registered dieticians, nutritionists, community health educators or researchers. Other programs are designed for those planning to go to medical or dental school. Depending on the program chosen, students can select from specializations, perform laboratory experiments, do research or complete field work through internships.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill offers several programs in public health and nutrition through the Department of Nutrition. The bachelor's degree program in public health is primarily offered to groom students for medical school or other professional career paths, including veterinary medicine and dentistry. Students in the public health master's degree program can choose from four tracks, including those geared toward aspiring dieticians, current registered dieticians and aspiring doctors or dentists.
Those interested in nutrition and research can enroll in the lab-heavy master's degree program in nutritional biochemistry, which concentrates on how nutrition relates to other scientific fields, including disease, genetics and biology. Finally, the school offers a doctoral program in nutrition for those interested in roles as professors and researchers in the food and drug industry or government-sponsored organizations. Doctoral students can specialize in nutrition intervention and policy, nutrition epidemiology or nutritional biochemistry.
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
North Carolina State University at Raleigh offers nutrition-related bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs that stand out as well for their career-focused curricula. For example, those studying in the Department of Food, Bioprocesses and Nutrition Sciences can take advantage of training workshops that are provided by select food companies.
The bachelor's degree program in nutrition science emphasizes three occupational areas in the nutrition field: clinical dieticians, community nutrition educators and PR specialists working for food companies. Available with nutritional biochemistry and experimental animal nutrition tracks, the Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition comes with a flexible curriculum. The Master of Nutrition program, on the other hand, has a mandatory curriculum with additional study-related course requirements. The doctoral program in nutrition is highly specialized, is research-intensive and includes four classes in metabolism.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School||School Type & Setting||Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2018-2019)|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||4-year, public; small city|| BS in Public Health
MS in Public Health
MS in Nutritional Biochemistry
PhD in Nutrition
|$8,987 (in-state), $35,170 (out-of-state)*|
|North Carolina State University at Raleigh||4-year, public; large city|| BS in Nutrition Science
MS in Nutrition
Master of Nutrition
PhD in Nutrition
|$9,101 (in-state), $28,444 (out-of-state)*|
Source: *NCES College Navigator