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​Required Courses (23 Credits)

  • ERHS 530 - Radiological Physics and Dosimetry I
    (3 Credits) - Fall Semester

    Theory and detection of ionizing radiation; measurement and calculation of exposure and dose.

    Instructor: Dr. Alex Brandl

    Syllabus

  • ERHS 531 - Nuclear Instruments and Measurements
    (2 Credits) - Spring Semester

    Instrument systems for measurement and identification of ionizing radiations.

    Instructor: Dr. Tom Johnson

    Syllabus

  • ERHS 550 - Principles of Radiation Biology
    (5 Credits) - Spring Semester

    Dose-response relationships; physical, chemical and biological modification of radiation damage; radiation oncology; radiation genetics and oncogenesis.

    Instructors: Radiobiology Section

    Syllabus

    Note: ERHS 450 can be substituted for ERHS 550

  • ERHS 450 - Introduction to Radiobiology
    (3 Credits)

    Instructor: Dr. Lucas Argueso

    Note: ERHS 550 can be substituted for ERHS 450

  • ERHS 561 - Radiation Public Health
    (2 Credits) - Spring Semester

    Aspects of radiation public health for students in health physics with emphasis on contemporary issues in radiation protection.

    Instructor: Dr. Alex Brandl

    Syllabus

  • ERHS 630 - Radiological Physics and Dosimetry II
    (3 Credits) - Spring Semester

    Calculations and measurement techniques for dosimetry shielding and protection from ionizing radiations.

    InstructorDr. Alex Brandl

    Syllabus

  • ERHS 632 - Techniques in Radiation Dosimetry
    (1 Credit) - Fall Semester

    Techniques for determining the absorbed dose in tissue from ionizing radiations.

    InstructorDr. Tom Johnson

    Syllabus 

  • ERHS 665 - Radiochemistry
    (3 Credits) - Spring Semester

    Radionuclide separation and measurement and radiotracer applications in physical and biological systems.

    InstructorDr. Georg Steinhauser

  • ERHS 693D - Research Seminar - Health Physics
    (1 Credit) - Fall/Spring Semester

    Presentation of student research and discussion of publications from scientific literature.

    InstructorDr. Tom Johnson

  • ERHS 786 - Practicum
    (Variable Credit) - Summer Session

    InstructorDr. Tom Johnson

Alternative Required Electives (5-7 Credits)

Statistics:

  • STAT 511 - Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I
    (4 Credits)

    Statistical methods for experimenters and researchers emphasizing design and analysis of experiments 

    OR

  • CIVE 547 - Statistics for Environmental Monitoring
    (3 Credits)

    Applications of statistics in environmental pollution studies involving air, water, or soil monitoring; sampling designs; trend analysis; censored data

NOTE: Either of the Statistics courses listed above OR a Statistics course approved by the student's committee will fulfill the requirements.

     

Environmental Health Physics:

  • ERHS 563 - Environmental Contaminant Modeling I
    (2 Credits)

    Mathematical modeling of radionuclide and chemical transport in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems.

    OR

  • ERHS 570 - Radioecology
    (2 Credits)

    Environmental transport and exposure assessment of radioactive and other contaminants; estimating risk for human health and ecological impacts.

General Electives (at least 3 credits from the following list)

  • ERHS 446 - Environmental Toxicology
    (3 Credits)

    Essentials of environmental toxicology based on problem-oriented discussions addressing environmental impacts of organic/inorganic chemicals.

  • ERHS 502 - Fundamentals of Toxicology
    (3 Credits)

    Fundamental principles of toxicology, dose-response, organ targets, toxic agents.

  • ERHS 515 - Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety
    (2 Credits)

    Evaluation and safe use of non-ionizing radiation sources.  Calculation of safe distances for exposure and maximum permissible exposures.

    InstructorDr. Tom Johnson

    Syllabus

  • ERHS 520 - Environmental and Occupational Health Issues
    (3 Credits)

    Issues in environmental and occupational health sciences in the context of public health and regulatory concerns.

  • ERHS 526 - Industrial Hygiene
    (3 Credits)

    Theory and application of industrial hygiene principles to management of the occupational environment.

  • ERHS 527 - Industrial Hygiene Lab
    (1 Credit)

    Industrial hygiene field monitoring equipment and techniques.

  • ERHS 555 - Computational Methods in Health Physics
    (3 Credits)

    Analytical methods used in health physics, radioecology and radiochemistry. Quantification of uncertainty in radioactive samples and dosimetry.

    InstructorDr. Tom Johnson

     Syllabus

  • ERHS 556 - Monte Carlo Methods in Health Physics
    (3 Credits)

    Monte Carlo methods for the assessment of complex systems or macroscopic quantities on basis of statistical nature of microscopic components.

    InstructorDr. Alex Brandl

    Syllabus

  • ERHS 712 - Physics of Diagnostic Imaging
    (3 Credits)

    Physics of imaging for radiology, ultrasound, computerized tomography, magnetic resonance, and nuclear medicine.

  • ERHS 714 - Radiation Therapy Physics
    (3 Credits)

    Radiation therapy physics, photon and electron production for therapeutic use, teletherapy, brachytherapy, radiation protection and quality assurance.

  • ECE 543 - Accelerator Engineering
    (3 Credits)
    Development and uses of accelerators and storage rings.  Principles of electric and magnetic fields used to bend, focus, and accelerate charged particles.

  • MECH 581A5- Aerosol Physics and Technology
    (3 Credits)

    Discuss aerosols and their relationship to applications in science and engineering, air pollution control, atmospheric science, and public health. Topics cover the physical and chemical principles underlying the behavior of particles suspended in air, including: particle size, aerodynamics, motion of particles in a force field, particle size statistics, optical and electrical properties, diffusion, condensation and evaporation, and measurement techniques.

  • STAT 512 - Design and Data Analysis for Researchers II
    (4 Credits)

    Statistical methods for experimenters and researchers emphasizing design and analysis of experiments.

  • STAT 547 - Statistics for Environmental Monitoring
    (3 Credits)

    Applications of statistics in environmental pollution studies involving air, water, or soil monitoring; sampling designs; trend analysis; censored data.

Either of the following may also be used if not selected above:

  • ERHS 563 - Environmental Contaminant Modeling I
    (2 Credits)

  • ERHS 570 - Radioecology
    (2 Credits)

Additional Credit Requirement for Plan A

  • ERHS 679 - Occupational and Environmental Health Interdisciplinary Symposium
    (1 Credit)
    *Required for MAP ERC funded students only

  • ERHS 699 - Thesis (3 Credits)

  • PSY 596D - Group Study - Industrial/Organizational Psych - Professions Protecting/Promoting Worker Health
    (1 Credit)
    *Required for MAP ERC funded students only

Additional Credit Requirement for Plan B

  • 36 Total Credits

Suggested Sequence of Courses for MS Students

 

Semester 1 (August-December)​

Semester 2 (January-May)​

ERHS 530 Radiation and Dosimetry I (3)

ERHS 531 Nuclear Instrumentation (2)

​ERHS 556​ Monte Carlo Methods in HP (3)

ERHS 693D Health Physics Serminar (1)

​ERHS 630 Radiation Protection and Dosimetry II (3)

ERHS 570 Radioecology (3)

ERHS 665 Radiochemistry (3)

ERHS 632 Radiation Dosimetry (1)

​First Week Summer ERHS 786 Practicum (3)

​Semester 3 (August-December)

​Semester 4 (January-May)

ERHS 555 Computational Models in Health Physics (3) or stats class

ERHS 526 Industrial Hygiene (3) or Elective or research

ERHS 515 Non-Ionizing Radiation Safety (2) or elective or research​

ERHS 561 Radiation Public Health (2)

ERHS 450 Radiation Biology (3)

ERHS 693D Health Physics Seminar (1)

Thesis (>3)

Elective or research

 
 

Health Physics Ph.D. Courses


Required Courses

  • All M.S. courses listed above

  • ERHS 799 - Dissertation

Electives

  • From electives listed above
    *Electives are suggested courses but others may be used upon approval by the graduate student's committee.

Additional Credit Requirements

  •  

    ERHS 679 - Occupational and Environmental Health Interdisciplinary Symposium
    (1 Credit)
    *Required for MAP ERC trainees.

     

  •  

    PSY 596D - Group Study - Industrial/Organizational Psych - Professions Protecting/Promoting Worker Health
    (1-4 Credit)
    *Required for MAP ERC 1st Year Trainees