What about Medical Physics?
Medical Physics is mostly concerned with the treatment of patients, both in a diagnostic and a therapeutic setting. Medical Physics is patient-oriented and includes the calibration and quality assurance for radiation generating machines used in medicine, the calculation of dose to an irradiated organ or tissue, etc.
Health Physics and Medical Physics are similar but different
Health Physics, on the other hand, focuses on the protection of people from adverse effects of radiation. It is applied in occupational health considerations where radiological sources are in use in industry, medicine, or research, where it is concerned with worker safety by e.g., monitoring radiation levels at the work place, monitoring occupational dose, implementation of dose optimization procedures, etc. Work for a Health Physicist might also include public exposure considerations due to naturally occurring radioactive material or due to transport of man-made radionuclides through our ecosystem.
Introduction of a Medical-Health Physics Track
ERHS now has a medical-health physics track by adding diagnostic imaging physics and radiotherapy physics courses to our ABET accredited HP program while providing the opportunity for a more clinical oriented project utilizing the outstanding resources in our veterinary teaching hospital.
A health physics degree with a medical physics emphasis prepares you for health physics opportunities in a clinical setting, such as a hospital Radiation Safety Officer, and opens the door to a medical physics residency or entry level medical physics position in a radiotherapy clinic or radiology department.