The Master of Health Physics degree at Illinois Tech was founded in 1997 by Carlo Segre, Professor of Physics, with Eli Port, a former Illinois Tech radiation safety officer and early student of Herman Cember. The current curriculum, designed by S.Y. Chen, Ph.D., CHP, emphasizes the accrued knowledge of the profession, including:
- 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
Illinois Tech offers students opportunities to become involved in the profession, through its Student Chapter of the Health Physics Society, the local Midwest Chapter of the Health Physics Society, and the Oakridge Associated Universities (ORAU). Health physicists’ benefits include highly competitive salaries (2016 HPS Salary Survey) and a professionally rewarding career. Hear what our students have to say in our Rad Hawks Talks series.
Illinois Tech’s non-thesis master’s degree can be completed in less than three years of part-time online study with just one short on-site instrumentation course. To earn the master’s degree, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 31 credit hours, maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and pass a final comprehensive exam. For more information see our FAQ.
If you are an undergraduate student, you can apply for our co-terminal bachelor of science/master's degree program (B.S./M.A.S.) where you can complete a Bachelor of Science in Physics and a Master of Health Physics degree in just five years.
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 already a Board Certified Health Physicist, you can hone your skills by earning your master's degree or by taking individual courses for AAHP continuing educations credits (see below).
To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed coursework 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.
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 institution of higher education. All applicants must submit their transcripts, two letters of recommendation, an application fee, and a professional statement. 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] and 2.5 analytical writing.
|PROFESSIONAL HEALTH PHYSICS ELECTIVE COURSES (select two of the following)|
|PHYS 566||Environmental Health Physics|
|PHYS 574||Introduction to Nuclear Fuel Cycle|
|PHYS 577||Operational Health Physics|
|PHYS 578||Medical Health Physics|
|OTHER ELECTIVE COURSES (select two of the following)|
|MATH 525||Statistical Models and Methods|
||Public Engagement for Scientists|
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)? Illinois Tech 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 Illinois Tech 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|
Physics (PHYS 566)
|Radiation Physics (PHYS 571)||32||2012-00-036|
|Introduction to Health
Physics (PHYS 572)
and Regulations (PHYS 573)
|Nuclear Fuel Cycle (PHYS 574)||40||2015-00-007|
|Case Studies in Health
Physics (PHYS 575)
Physics (PHYS 577)
|Medical Health Physics (PHYS 578)||32||2012-00-040|
|Instrumentation for Radiation
Health Physics (PHYS 550)
S.Y. Chen, Ph.D., CHP
Department of Physics
Illinois Institute of Technology
Director, Professional Master's Programs and New Initiatives
Elizabeth Friedman, Ph.D.
College of Science
Illinois Institute of Technology