This major is a program that focuses on the application of physics, nuclear science, and engineering physics to diagnostic, treatment, and therapeutic processes and public health protection.
Includes instruction in radiation biophysics, biophysics, health effects of natural and artificially induced radiation, hazard evaluation, environmental radioactivity, nuclear physics, engineering physics, radiobiology, medical radiology, calibration and dosage theory, computer applications and medical informatics, and specific research problems.
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What can you do with a major/degree in Health/Medical Physics Major?
In the field of Health/Medical Physics, you will likely work to protect people and their environment from potential radiation hazards, while making it possible to enjoy the beneficial uses of radiation. Relative to Allied Health, you may work in a variety of areas where individuals receive radiation sources relative to diagnostics and treatment of human diseases, including hospitals, clinics, and major medical centers.
Job opportunities for health/medical physics professionals are likely in the future as this career subsector is expected to see a four percent (4%) growth 2019-2029.
Educational requirements for health/medical physicist range from an associate degree to a PhD in health physics or a closely related field. A basic education in the physical sciences is necessary.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Health/Medical Physics Major
Professional associations are groups of professionals dedicated to topics in specific fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- The Health Physics Society
- The American Academy of Health Physics
- The American Association of Physics in Medicine
Publications/Magazines in Health/Medical Physics Major