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Master of Health Physics Specialization in Radiological Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response (RSEPR)

The Illinois Institute of Technology professional master of health physics program is proud to announce the launch of a new academic track in: Radiological Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response, a program designed to address the nation’s critical needs in homeland protection, nuclear threats and accidents. Illinois Tech is among the first universities in the United States offering such a degree, following the guidance of its Health Physics advisory board members, many of whom have extensive involvement in the field of radiological emergency and security.

This new academic track expands Illinois Tech’s well-established master of health physics program to address radiological security and emergency areas. The specialization is based on the core health physics curriculum with the addition of three new innovative courses in (1) radiological source security and management, (2) nuclear emergency preparedness and response, and (3) seminars led by experts on field management of radiological emergencies. In addition, the curriculum addresses the qualification requirements for the Department of Homeland Security’s Radiological Operations Support Specialist (ROSS) Program. Graduates of the program will be ready to support ROSS qualifications necessary to:

  • exhibit technical leadership in homeland protection
  • be rapidly deployed in emergencies
  • communicate recommendations to all concerned municipal entities
  • be familiar with state and federal agency protocol
  • be integrated into incident command

If you are a scientist concerned with the rising prospects of international nuclear terrorism, environmental protection during nuclear accidents, and management of radiological incidents, then apply to the Master of Health Physics with Specialization in Radiological Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response program. The new academic track will be open for application soon, anticipated enrollment starting fall 2019.

  • Health physics program director S.Y. Chen, Ph.D., CHP, and student Erin Evans at the 2019 Annual health Physics Society Meeting in Orlando.
    Health physics program director S.Y. Chen, Ph.D., CHP, and student Erin Evans at the 2019 Annual Health Physics Society Meeting in Orlando.

Admission 

To be considered for admission, applicants must have completed coursework in calculus 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 physics, biology, chemistry, or engineering, with a GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 from an accredited institution of higher education and a minimum GRE score of 304 [quantitative + verbal] and 2.5 [analytical writing]. The GRE requirement may be waived at the director’s discretion.

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 

SAMPLE CURRICULUM

Core Courses Title Credit hours
PHYS 550* Radiation Instrumentation Laboratory 3
PHYS 567 Radiological Emergency Preparedness and Response 3
PHYS 568 Radiation Source Security and Management  3
PHYS 569 Seminars in Radiological Emergency Field Experience 3
PHYS 571 Radiation Physics 3
PHYS 572 Introduction to Health Physics 3
PHYS 575 Case Studies in Health Physics 3
Core Credit Hours (21)
     
Electives (Choose 2)  
PHYS 566 Environmental Health Physics 2
PHYS 580 Introduction to Radiochemistry 3
PHYS 582 Application of Radiochemistry 3
Elective Credit Hours (5-6)
     
Professional Courses (Choose 2)  
MATH 525 Statistical Models and Methods 3
SCI 511 Project Management 3
SCI 522 Public Engagement for Scientists 3
Professional Course Credit Hours (6)

Minimum credit hours required for graduation: 32         

*All of the courses listed above are offered online except for PHYS 550 – Instrumentation for Health Physics. This course is offered in the summertime and consists of a week of intensive, hands-on training in the health physics instrumentation lab on Illinois Tech’s main campus in Chicago. Students must first pass PHYS 571 – Radiation Physics with a minimum grade of C before registering for PHYS 550.

PHYS 575 is a capstone course and requires independent research, investigation, and writing, similar to a master’s degree thesis. Students take this course towards the end of the program.

To earn the Master of Health Physics with Specialization in Radiological Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response, students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 32 credit hours, maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, and pass a final comprehensive exam. For more information see our FAQ » 

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 and New Initiatives
Elizabeth Friedman, Ph.D.
College of Science
Illinois Institute of Technology
tel: 312.567.7973
email: friedman@iit.edu