Credits required
45 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 45 quarter credits are equal to 30 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$615 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online An intensive, one-week on-site laboratory class is required during the summer at OSU's main campus. You can complete all other courses 100% online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
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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)
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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
  • Radioecology

View a suggested progression plan 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, Oregon.

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


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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