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Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for Instrumentation Course

  • Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2015 Instrumentation Course
    Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2015 Instrumentation Course
  • Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2014 Instrumentation Course
    Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2014 Instrumentation Course
  • Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2014 Instrumentation Course
    Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2014 Instrumentation Course
  • Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2014 Instrumentation Course
    Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2014 Instrumentation Course
  • Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2014 Instrumentation Course
    Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2014 Instrumentation Course
  • Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2014 Instrumentation Course
    Master of Health Physics Students Come to IIT for 2014 Instrumentation Course

Master of Health Physics students from all over the country met on IIT's Main Campus for a week in June to complete Physics 770, Instrumentation for Radiation Health Physicists. In the course, students use electronics ranging from simple rate meters and scalers to high speed multi-channel analyzers, as well as computer-linked instrumentation and computer-based applications. This practical experience supplements the theoretical knowledge students acquire through the rest of their courses, and gives them an edge in the health physics job market after graduation. More news »

IIT's online Master of Health Physics program meets the needs of government agencies, the military, nuclear energy facilities, medical centers, universities, and national laboratories. This is a non-thesis degree that can be completed in less than three years of online, part-time study and one short, on-site instrumentation course. The program was established in 1997 by IIT physics professor Carlo Segre and Eli Port, former IIT radiation safety officer and early student of Herman Cember, who pioneered health physics education. IIT’s program focuses on the fundamentals while emphasizing professional knowledge for working health physicists. The program is now under the leadership S.Y. Chen, one of our nation's finest and most recognized health physicists.

Health physicists are involved in:

  • Applying radiation protection principles
  • Implementing radiation protection programs
  • Assessing radiation exposure and human health risks
  • Monitoring radiological release and environmental radiation
  • Designing radiation controls and measurement devices
  • Developing radiation protection measures for regulatory compliance

Being a health physicist means being vigilant in the oversight, use, and disposal of radioactive sources as well as overseeing the protection of those being exposed to these sources. Aside from being in demand in a variety of work environments, health physicists also enjoy other benefits, including very competitive salaries in an otherwise challenging market (see 2014 Health Physics Salary Survey).

At IIT you will:

  • Study with nationally renowned faculty members 
  • Follow a curriculum overseen by a highly regarded board of advisors.
  • Network with the Midwest Chapter of the Health Physics Society
  • Become involved with IIT’s Student Chapter of the Health Physics Society. 
  • Work towards becoming a Board Certified Health Physicist.

If you are already a CHP, you can hone your skills by either enrolling in the master's degree program or by taking individual courses for AAHP CEC credit (see below).

If your career goals do not require a full master's degree, you can earn a Certificate in Radiological Physics by taking just 12 credit hours of health physics courses.

If you are an undergraduate student, you can apply for our co-terminal bachelor of science/master's degree program (BS/MAS) where you can complete a bachelor of science degree in physics and a master of health physics degree in just five years.

Admission 


To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed course-work in calculus through differential equations and a calculus-based general physics sequence. A course in modern physics, including some basic quantum mechanics, is strongly recommended.

Domestic students are required to hold a bachelor's degree in physical or biological sciences with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education. International students are required to hold a four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA equivalent to a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. All applicants must submit their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, an application fee, and a professional statement. Applicants for spring 2014 and beyond will be required to submit a resume no longer than two pages in length. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for all international students, domestic students with an undergraduate GPA between 2.5 and 3.0, or at the request of the admissions committee. The recommended minimum score for admissions consideration is 304 [quantitative + verbal], 2.5 analytical writing on tests taken after August 1, 2011; 900 [quantitative + verbal], 2.5 analytical writing on tests taken before August 1, 2011.  GRE scores older than five years are not admissible.

For more information on how to apply, please visit the Office of Graduate Admission. Note that International applicants must meet English Language requirements and submit financial support documents.

Program Requirements 

Required Courses

HEALTH PHYSICS COURSES
PHYS 561 Radiation Biophysics
PHYS 571 Radiation Physics
PHYS 572 Introduction to Health Physics
PHYS 573 Standards, Statutes and Regulations
PHYS 575 Case Studies in Health Physics
PHYS 576 Radiation Dosimetry
PHYS 770 Instrumentation for Radiation Health Physics

Elective Courses

PROFESSIONAL HEALTH PHYSICS ELECTIVE COURSES
PHYS 566* Environmental Health Physics
PHYS 574* Introduction to Nuclear Fuel Cycle
PHYS 577* Operational Health Physics
PHYS 578* Medical Health Physics
*Students must take two Professional Health Physics electives: PHYS 566, 574, 577 or 578
OTHER ELECTIVE COURSES
CHEM 513** Statistics for Analytical Chemists
SCI 511** Project Management
SCI 522** Public Engagement for Scientists
**Students must take two other electives: CHEM 513, SCI 511 or 522

Program requirements last updated on 11/25/2014 and will be effective August 2015

Continuing Education Credits

Are you a certified health physicist in need of recertification by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP) or the American Board of Radiology (ABR)? IIT offers 11 American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP) approved continuing education credit (CEC) courses aimed to help you achieve this goal. AAHP describes a creditable CEC course as a “bona fide offering by accredited institutions for which academic credit is offered” and one that is "professionally enhancing." The CECs offered at IIT fit that description perfectly and can all be taken online for your convenience (with the exception of the instrumentation course). Below is a list of the CEC courses, describing how many credits they each fulfill and their associated AAHP identification number.

Course Title (Number) CECs AAHP ID
Radiation Dosimetry (PHYS 576) ​32 ​2011-00-033
Radiation Biophysics (PHYS 561) ​32 2012-00-034
Environmental Health 
Physics (PHYS 566)
​32 ​​2012-00-035
Radiation Physics (PHYS 571) ​32 ​​2012-00-036
Introduction to Health 
Physics (PHYS 572)
​32 2012-00-037
Standards, Statutes, 
and Regulations (PHYS 573)
​32 ​​2012-00-038
Nuclear Fuel Cycle (PHYS 574) 40 2015-00-007
Case Studies in Health 
Physics (PHYS 575)
​32 2012-00-039
Operational Health 
Physics (PHYS 577)
40 2013-00-094
Medical Health Physics (PHYS 578) ​32 ​2012-00-040
Instrumentation for Radiation 
Health Physics (PHYS 770)
​32 ​2012-00-042

Program Contact 

 

Program Director
S.Y. Chen, Ph.D., CHP
Department of Physics
Illinois Institute of Technology
tel: 312.567.3145
email: schen32@iit.edu

Director, Professional Master's Programs
Elizabeth Friedman, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Anthropology
Illinois Institute of Technology
10 W. 32nd St., Eng. 1 - 234D, Chicago, IL 60616
tel: 312.567.7973
email: friedman@iit.edu

 

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