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Master of Science in Health Physics

The mission of the Master of Science in Health Physics Program is to provide a high-quality graduate education experience for students in the areas of environmental health physics and medical physics.

The educational experience is accomplished through rigorous classroom instruction aided by computer and multi-media instruction, practical laboratory experiences, student research, and mentoring. The products of this experience are professionals capable of critical thinking and problem solving, devoted to a lifetime of learning, committed to the ethical standards of their profession, and highly sought after by employers.

Learning Objectives

Graduates of the Environmental Health Physics focus will:

  • Demonstrate competency in applying the theoretical and problem solving aspects of health physics and related disciplines.
  • Demonstrate competency in the practical applications of health physics.
  • Effectively communicate technical information in both oral and written form.
  • Be competent in research methods and be able to critically review research with the intent of applying findings to their practice.
  • Be prepared to pursue a lifetime of self-directed learning and professional development.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.

Graduates of the Medical Physics focus will:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles associated with the clinical use of both ionizing and non-ionizing radiations.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the operation of radiation producing and detecting devices commonly used in therapeutic and diagnostic applications.
  • Have an understanding of the basic computational principles associated with therapeutic and diagnostic applications.
  • Have the clinical experience required for a complete understanding of the wide-ranging clinical duties of therapeutic and diagnostic medical physicists.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of clinical medical physics research.
  • Be capable of effectively communicating technical information in both oral and written form.
  • Be prepared to pursue a lifetime of self-directed learning and professional development.

Career Possibilities

Health Physicists

Health physicists work in a variety of disciplines, including:

  • research
  • industry
  • education
  • environmental protection
  • enforcement of government regulations

Although the health physicist usually concentrates in one of these disciplines, a professional health physicist typically performs duties in several areas.

Medical Physicists

Medical physicists are typically employed in:

  • Hospitals
  • Imaging centers
  • Radiation oncology centers
  • University medical centers
  • Industry