From Food Lover to Public Health Advocate

In high school, Matt Wang learned the power food had to bring his family together. At Carolina he saw food change whole communities.

Before college, there was never a recipe that Matt Wang wouldn’t try. Matt’s classroom and research experiences and work as an EMT showed him that food is more than fun — it has the power to protect and heal.

After Carolina, he plans to go to med school and become a medical director. Matt hopes to implement community-wide programs focused on health and nutrition, helping his community eat well and be well.


I want to take care of individual patients, but I also want to help entire communities stay healthy. That’s where I think I’ll have the biggest impact.

Matt Wang, public health major & pho enthusiast


At the Gillings School of Global Public Health, students can earn undergraduate degrees in biostatistics, environmental health sciences, health policy and management, or nutrition. Learn more about Carolina’s 70+ majors and minors.

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