Curriculum: Radiation Health Physics (M.S. or M.H.P.) – Online

This is a 45-credit online radiation health physics master's degree program designed to prepare students for careers dealing with nuclear energy, ionizing radiation and radioactive materials, especially within the areas of security, national defense, medical health and safety.

Two degree options available

  • Master of Health Physics (professional degree): Online students are highly encouraged to pursue this option.
  • Master of Science (research-based degree) 

Program curriculum is designed for students with professional interests in radiation protection, and concentration areas include nuclear techniques, arms control technology, nuclear instrumentation and applications, nuclear power generation, nuclear reactor engineering, nuclear systems design and modeling, nuclear waste management, numerical methods for reactor analysis, radiation shielding, radioisotope production, and space nuclear power .

Course topics

  • Radiophysics
  • Radiobiology
  • Radiation detection
  • Nuclear rules and regulations
  • Radiochemistry
  • Applied radiation safety
  • Internal dosimetry

View a three-year sample curriculum for the MHP degree program.

Students can take the majority of classes online, with laboratory classes available as intensive one-week, on-site courses during the summer at OSU's main campus in Corvallis, Ore. 

Students completing the RHP degree program are eligible to take the Certified Health Physics (CHP) examination administered by the American Board of Health Physics.

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