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MAP ERC Health Physics Program

Center for Health, Work & Environment

Health Physics Overview

Students will experience an education taught by faculty members certified in Health Physics. The Master of Science degree with a specialization in Health Physics is accredited by the Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET.

Student Experiences also include a week-long practicum in Los Alamos, New Mexico, at the Los Alamos National Laboratory; visits to local uranium mines and mills; student access to a TRIGA reactor for research; access to a dedication MNCP computer cluster; and opportunities for study in Fukushima, Japan, in partnership with Fukushima University.

What Does a Health Physicist Do?

  • Recognizes, evaluates, and controls health hazards to permit the safe use and application of ionizing radiation from nuclear reactors, high energy particle accelerators, X-ray machines, lasers, and other sources of radiation used for medical purposes and in energy industries
  • Works in roles such as Radiation Safety Officer or Health Physicist in hospitals, research labs, and government entities

Degree Options

  Master of Science (MS) or a PhD in Health Physics. The Master of Science degree is typically a 2-year program. Earning a PhD is often another 3-5 years after receiving an MS.

 Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a 3.0 GPA, and strong GRE scores
  • Individuals with a broad-based science background featuring courses in physics, calculus, biology, and chemistry

Program Location

 Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado


Graduate research assistantships are available on a competitive basis to qualified students. The number of assistantships may vary from year to year depending on the level of research funding.

Annual Los Alamos National Laboratory Trip

The next trip to visit Los Alamos and the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) will be May 2016! Students in all types of occupational health and safety career paths are encouraged to come along - many networking, research, and job opportunities have happened for students in the past! Trip details will be posted here.

For additional information on the Health Physics Program, please visit the Colorado State University Health Physics webpage.


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