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Bachelor of Science in Health Physics

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Bloomsburg University offers the only baccalaureate degree program in Health Physics in Pennsylvania. There are few Health Physics graduates, and yet the demand for them is great – in hospitals, in nuclear power plants, in homeland security, and in environmental protection. Many BU Health Physics graduates have gone on to obtain masters and/or doctoral degrees. For more information please contact Dr. David Simpson, the program coordinator at and ask about the NRC scholarship programs.

Program Objectives

Health Physics student, Bryan Edwards uses state-of-the-art equipment to examine the spectrum of emissions from Cs137.

Program Requirement References link: Health Physics Society

What is Health Physics?
"Health physics" is the profession devoted to protecting people and their environment from potential radiation hazards, while making it possible to enjoy the benefits of the peaceful use of the atom.
Radiation control incorporates an understanding of many disciplines. It has common scientific interests with many areas of specialization: physics, biology, biophysics, engineering (nuclear, civil, mechanical, or electrical), chemistry, genetics, ecology, environmental sciences, metallurgy, medicine, physiology, and toxicology. The wide spectrum of knowledge required of the health physicist makes this profession both challenging and rewarding.

What Do Health Physicists Do?
Health physicists work in a variety of disciplines, including research, industry, education, environmental protection, and enforcement of government regulations. Although the health physicist usually concentrates in one of these disciplines, a professional health physicist typically performs duties in several Power Reactors.

A power reactor health physicist is responsible for all phases of radiation protection at a reactor site. Selecting, purchasing, and maintaining radiation protection, laboratory, and detection equipment are some of the responsibilities.

Medical Health Physicists
The responsibilities of a medical health physicist are broad and ever challenging. These individuals work wherever radiation sources are used to diagnose and treat human diseases. Hospitals, clinics, and major medical centers use radiation sources, including x-ray machines, particle accelerators, and many types of radioactive materials.

Health Physicists in Regulatory Enforcement and Occupational Safety
Whether it be nuclear power, medical uses, industry, environmental restoration, waste management, or educational uses of radioactive materials, there are rules and regulations that guide and provide a margin of safety. There are many occupational opportunities for health physicists in regulatory and occupational safety sectors.

Environmental Health Physicists
The environmental health physicist is the professional most closely associated with protecting the public and environment from unnecessary exposure to man-made and technologically enhanced natural radioactivity. One important aspect is the environmental surveillance for radioactivity, which involves many types of instrumentation and field sampling technologies.

Radiation Safety Officers/Staff
The Radiation Safety Officer and his staff ensure that facilities using radiation sources or radioactive materials are in compliance with state and federal regulations. They also assist in designing facilities, equipment, and programs to optimize radiation protection efforts. Opportunities exist for such positions at many universities, research centers, and industrial sites.

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