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Radiation and Health Physics

Join a profession devoted to protecting people and their environment from potential radiation hazards, while making it possible to enjoy the beneficial uses of radiation in medicine, energy generation, industry, and research.

Degrees & Offerings
  • B.S.
Location
  • Bloomsburg
  • Lock Haven
  • Mansfield
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A Profession of Protection

There are few radiation science graduates, and yet the demand for them is great!

In addition to basic education in physical science and other specialized courses, a radiation and health physics internship will provide you with a real-world experience beyond what you can learn in a classroom, along with career readiness and marketability.  

The only undergraduate radiation and
health physics program in PA!

Course Delivery Format

  Bloomsburg

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Lock Haven

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Mansfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

  Clearfield

  Face-to-Face
  Online
  Hybrid

Courses and Curriculum

Degree Requirements Degree Works

Note: Degree requirements effective for enrolled students beginning Fall 2023. All enrolled students, including matriculating students prior to Fall 2023, can review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion with our degree audit and advisement tool, Degree Works.

Radiation and Health Physics (B.S.)

  1. Become proficient in the different types of radiation, their sources, and potential health effects and the monitoring of radiation in workplace situations in industry and medicine.
  2. Understand the safety regulations and protocols governing radioactive waste disposal, radioactive material transport and safe use of radioactive materials.
  3. Understand the effects of radiation on biological systems, the use of dosimetry in the workplace and how to measure correct dosages of radioactive materials.
  4. Become proficient in the use of the devices to measure radiation in the workplace and the environment.
  5. Design protective measures necessary in different radiological/working environments.
  6. Operate the actual instrumentation used to measure alpha, beta and gamma radiation.
  7. Describe and evaluate professional duties associated with Radiation and Health Physics, including the keeping to accurate laboratory, medical and clinical records of activities.

Radiation Science Minor

  1. Become proficient in the different types of radiation, their sources, and potential health effects and the monitoring of radiation in workplace situations in industry and medicine.
  2. Understand the safety regulations and protocols governing radioactive waste disposal, radioactive material transport and safe use of radioactive materials.
  3. Understand the effects of radiation on biological systems, the use of dosimetry in the workplace and how to measure correct dosages of radioactive materials.
  4. Become proficient in the use of the devices to measure radiation in the workplace and the environment.
  5. Design protective measures necessary in different radiological/working environments.
  6. Operate the actual instrumentation used to measure alpha, beta and gamma radiation.
  7. Describe and evaluate professional duties associated with Radiation and Health Physics, including the keeping to accurate laboratory, medical and clinical records of activities.

Careers

Career opportunities for this program exist in a variety of places including hospitals, universities, State and Federal agencies or institutions, national laboratories, research centers, consulting companies, industries, etc. Our graduates are highly sought-after and they are employed soon after graduation, if not before.

Potential Job Opportunities

  • Industry
  • Medicine
  • Nuclear Power
  • Military
  • Environmental Protection
  • Enforcement of Government Regulations
  • Decontamination and Decommissioning
  • Education
  • Research

Recent Employers

  • Geisinger Medical Center 
  • Talen Energy Corporation 
  • University of Pittsburgh 
  • University of Pennsylvania 
  • Pennsylvania Department of Energy 
  • Princeton University 
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory 
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 
  • Michigan State University 
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital, NYC 
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) 
  • University of South Florida 
  • Defense Health Agency 
  • Spectra Tech LLC 
  • West Physics consulting company 
  • Exelon Corporation 
  • Landauer

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Program Contacts

Toni Bell

Toni Trumbo-Bell

  • Chair of the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, and Engineering / Professor of Biochemistry
  • Bloomsburg
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Elaine Farkas

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry and Physics
  • Mansfield
Nada

Nada Jevtic

  • Assistant Professor of Physics
  • Bloomsburg

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