The radiological health sciences major is designed for students interested in protecting populations from potential radiation hazards and studying the benefits and uses of radiation, such as generating power or treating cancer. There are two available concentrations in the major: radiological health sciences health physics and radiological health sciences pre-medical physics.
- Health physicist
- Medical physicist
- Radiation safety officer
- Radiation safety specialist
- Imaging scientist
- Radiation scientist
Potential Areas of Advanced Study
- Medical physics
- Health physics
- Medical imaging
- Biomedical engineering
- Nuclear physics
- Nuclear engineering
- Radiological Health Pre-Med Physics (RHMP) 4+1 Graduate Program
- Participate in a simulated emergency drill involving radioactive materials in HSCI 31200 (Radiation Science Fundamentals) or at the Purdue research reactor.
- Learn from real-world experience at prominent industrial, academic and medical institutions.
- Work with faculty on independent research projects to apply radiation fundamentals.
Program Quick Facts
School of Health Sciences
Radiological Health Sciences Physics Concentration
The health physics profession is devoted to protecting people and their environment from potential radiation hazards while also making it possible to enjoy the beneficial uses of radiation. Health physics involves many disciplines such as physics, biology, biophysics, engineering, chemistry, genetics, ecology, environmental sciences, metallurgy, meteorology, hydrology, medicine, physiology, toxicology and industrial hygiene. As a health physicist, you’ll evaluate the radiation environment using instruments and calculations and work with regulatory authorities to ensure compliance with radiation exposure standards.View Complete List of Courses Degree Requirements
Radiological Health Sciences Pre-Medical Physics Concentration
Medical physics is associated with the application of radiation physics in medicine at a clinic, hospital, private practice or university. It includes the fields of diagnostic radiological physics, medical health physics, medical nuclear radiological physics and therapeutic radiological physics. Medical physicists must have a graduate degree from an accredited program. Purdue’s program is CAMPEP accredited and has had excellent success in placing graduates into well-paying jobs and residencies.View Complete List of Courses Degree Requirements
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Hometown: West Lafayette, Indiana
Major: Radiological Health Sciences, Pre-Medical Physics concentration
Why Purdue: I initially wanted to travel a bit further from home for my college experience; however, when I visited Purdue, I felt very welcomed and comforted by the people on campus and the atmosphere of the school. I admired the strong focus on educational success and the wide variety of opportunities the school has to offer.
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