Master of Science - 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.
The Master of Science in Health Physics is divided into two sub-plans: Environmental Health Physics and Medical Physics. The Environmental Health Physics sub-plan is accredited by the the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://abet.org). The Medical Physics sub-plan is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). The sub-plan from which each student graduates is identified on his/her transcript, i.e., Master of Science in Health Physics: Environmental Health Physics sub-plan, or Master of Science in Health Physics: Medical Physics sub-plan.
Environmental Health Physics Sub-plan
The learning objectives are equivalent to ABET's Program Educational Objectives.
Graduates of the Environmental Health Physics sub-plan:
- 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.
- Are competent in research methods and are able to critically review research with the intent of applying findings to their practice.
- Are prepared to pursue a lifetime of self-directed learning and professional development.
- Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.
Medical Physics Sub-plan
Graduates of the Medical Physics sub-plan:
- 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.
Health physicists work in a variety of disciplines, including:
- 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 are typically employed in:
- Imaging centers
- Radiation oncology centers
- University medical centers