Master of Science - Health Physics

About

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 Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET. The Medical Physics sub-plan in radiation therapy physics 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.

Available Options

  • Environmental Health Physics Professional Paper Track
  • Environmental Health Physics: Thesis Track
  • Medical Physics: Professional Paper Track
  • Medical Physics: Thesis Track

Accreditation

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Learning Outcomes

Environmental Health Physics Sub-plan

The learning objectives are equivalent to ABET's Program Educational Objectives.

Students will be able to:

  • 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 pursuing health physics certification.
  • Are actively engaged in the health physics profession.
  • Are in leadership roles in their profession.
  • Conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner.

Medical Physics Sub-plan

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles associated with the clinical use of both ionizing and non-ionizing radiations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic sectional anatomy and common pathologies in medical imaging modalities including CT, MRI, ultrasound, and PET.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the operation of radiation producing and detecting devices commonly used in therapeutic applications.
  • Explain the basic computational principles associated with therapeutic and diagnostic applications.
  • Apply knowledge of the wide ranging clinical duties of a therapeutic medical physicist through clinical experiences.
  • Apply knowledge and skills obtained in coursework to research experiences in medical physics-related projects.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically evaluate research and scholarship in medical physics.
  • Demonstrate a sound understanding of medical physics ethics and the ability to provide appropriate clinical care to patients in a professional and safe manner.
  • Effectively communicate technical information in both oral and written form.
  • Explain the value of the pursuit 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

Requirements

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Master of Science - Health Physics

Environmental Health Physics Professional Paper Track

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Environmental Health Physics: Thesis Track

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Medical Physics: Professional Paper Track

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Contacts

Graduate Coordinator

Steen Madsen, Ph.D.

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Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences

The Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences within the School of Integrated Health Sciences provides a high-quality educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of health physics and medical physics; nuclear medicine; comprehensive medical imaging; radiochemistry; and radiography.

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School of Integrated Health Sciences

The School of Integrated Health Sciences prepares students for entry-level health-related positions and further graduate or professional studies with classroom instruction, laboratory/clinical practice, research, and mentoring.

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