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Radiological Health Sciences

Overview | Degree Requirements - Health Physics, Pre-Medical Physics | Plan of Study - Health Physics, Pre-Medical Physics

Health physics is a profession devoted to the protection of people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, thus providing for the utilization of radiation for the benefit of mankind. The profession, as we know it, began during World War II when the tremendous power available from nuclear energy was first being developed for weapons. The radiation hazards encountered during the early years of atomic energy were solved by the cooperation of physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, and physicians. From this endeavor emerged the interdisciplinary specialty known as "health physics." Today, Graduates in Radiological Health Sciences (RHS) develop and apply scientific and engineering practices for the efficacious and safe use of radiation, where internships are strongly encouraged and opportunities are available in

  • Industry: measurement and instrumentation (Landauer) and nuclear energy (Exelon);
  • Research: safety of radionucludies/radiopharmacy (Eli Lilly);
  • Medicine: therapeutics and diagnostics (IU Medical Center and Landauer); and
  • Government: NRC and National Laboratories.

Degree Paths

Health Physics Plan of Study

The B.S. degree in RHS with an emphasis in Health Physics (RADH track) prepares you for entry-level positions in industry, medical centers, government, and education, and for M.S. and Ph.D. studies in Health Physics and closely allied fields, such as Nuclear Engineering. A component to the program is the opportunity to intern at leading industrial, government, and medical facilities, including

  • Landauer
  • Eli Lilly
  • Exelon
  • Indiana University Hospital
  • Government/NRC

RADH - Health Physics Degree Requirements

RADH - Health Physics Plan of Study

RHHP - MINOR in Health Physics

Accelerated M.S. Plan of Study

Students that successfully complete the RADH Health Physics plan of study are eligible to apply for entry into the School of Health Science's accelerated (1 year) M.S. program in Health Physics or in Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Health Science.

Pre-Medical Physics Plan of Study

The pre-Medical Physics (RHMP) track is designed to prepare students for entry into M.S. and Ph.D. programs in medical physics (diagnostic and therapeutic radiological physics) and related fields, such as radiation biology and the imaging sciences.

A minor in RHS is an excellent choice for pre-medicine students interested in specialty areas such as radiation oncology, nuclear medicine and radiology.

RHMP - Pre-Medical Physics Degree Requirements

RHMP - Pre-Medical Physics Plan of Study

RHMP - MINOR in Medical Physics

Accelerated M.S. Plan of Study

Students that successfully complete the RHMP Pre-Medical Physics plan of study are eligible to apply for entry into the School of Health Science's accelerated (1 year) M.S. or a Ph.D. in Medical Physics.


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