Master of Science in Health Physics

The Health Physicist is responsible for the radiation safety aspects of industrial, nuclear, or regulatory agencies.  The occupation relates to safe use of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation and keeping the levels of these radiations as low as reasonably achievable.  The professionals working in this field can have careers spanning from health physicists in environmental protection agencies, to regulators for hazardous waste handling, to radiation safety officers in nuclear reactors.  The Health Physics program is designed to help students develop skills, competencies, and aptitude to enter or enhance a career in Health Physics.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Broad, fundamental technical knowledge of health physics (health, environmental, nuclear)
  • Broad, fundamental technical knowledge of radiation safety
  • Broad, fundamental knowledge on the NRC guidelines and regulations
  • Broad, fundamental knowledge of hazardous waste handling
  • Broad, fundamental knowledge of advanced instrumentation
  • Written and verbal communication skills on health physics issues
  • Professional judgement and capacity to think critically in a clinical setting or emergency
  • Practical experience in problem solving and emergencies in the radiological and nuclear disciplines
  • Ability to work independently or in a group

These student learning outcomes directly align with the program goals/objectives:

  • Students will demonstrate clinical skills needed to serve as an entry level medical physicist or resident
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Students will demonstrate understanding of foundational knowledge for certification of medical physics if so desired to pursue
  • The program will meet the needs of its students to prepare the students for furthering education, teaching opportunities, research in the field, and serving clinically.

Evening courses, weekend courses, and remote learning processes will be offered to allow the working professionals the opportunity to succeed in furthering their professional development.