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. Introduction to Human Nutrition, a class in Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health, showed Matt that food was more than fun — it was a tool for change.

Now, the public health major spends his Saturdays at Hope Gardens, a student-run non-profit, growing fruits and vegetables so that more people have access to healthy food. After he graduates, he wants to write policies that connect kids with locally-grown produce.


I’m passionate about making public school lunches more nutritious and environmentally sustainable.

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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