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
$708 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
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Radiation Health Physics (M.S. or M.H.P.) – Online


An advanced degree is required for most career paths in radiation protection, and earning your radiation health physics master's degree will put you in prime position to establish a foothold in the industry. The Health Physics Society projects a shortage of radiation safety professionals for radiation related organizations including federal, state and local environmental protection agencies; medical care facilities; nuclear reactor sites; national laboratories; and private consulting.

Heather Bell

U.S. Department of Energy director Heather Bell is earning her health physics degree online to support her role in advising embassy leaders on nuclear security. Watch the video & read more »

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Responsibilities for radiation health physicists

Laura Micewski, OSU Ecampus radiation health physics graduate

Laura Micewski was looking for fulfillment at work, and she wanted her GI Bill to help. Then she found Oregon State’s Radiation Health Physics program online. Read more »

  • Ensure beneficial uses of radiation and radioactive materials
  • Study the effects of radiation on the environment
  • Measure radioactivity in water, soil and air
  • Ensure the safe use of medical/dental diagnostic equipment
  • Design radiation detection equipment
  • Develop software to estimate radiation dose from source exposure
  • Calculate safe, effective doses of radiation for cancer patients
  • Provide radiation protection training

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