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Health Physics Program

MAP ERC Training Support

Program Overview

In this program, students learn from faculty certified in health physics and through experiences in the field including a week-long practicum at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and visits to local uranium mines and mills. Students also have opportunities to study in Fukushima, Japan, in partnership with Fukushima University, and access a TRIGA reactor as well as a dedicated MNCP computer cluster for research.

The Health Physics Program is located at Colorado State University. The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) financially supports qualified students in the program. The MAP ERC is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers in the country. Students supported by the center collaborate with trainees in industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational health psychology, and ergonomics programs on interdisciplinary research, scholarly projects, and in-depth field assessments at local industry sites.

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 for hospitals, research labs, and government entities

Degree Options

MS in Health Physics or a PhD in Radiological Health Sciences with a concentration in Health Physics. The Master of Science degree with a specialization in Health Physics is accredited by the Applied Sciences Accreditation Commission of ABET and is typically a two-year program. Earning a PhD is often another three to five years after receiving an MS.

Who Should Apply?

  • Individuals with a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, a 3.0 GPA or higher, and strong GRE scores
  • Individuals with a broad science background in physics, calculus, biology, and chemistry

Program Location

Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado


Students accepted into the CSU Health Physics Program may qualify for financial support, including tuition, stipends, as well as funding for research and travel, from the MAP ERC for one to three years. Graduate research assistantships are also 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.

How to Apply

To be considered for the Health Physics Program and MAP ERC funding, applicants must apply through Colorado State University. For admissions requirements, deadlines, and additional information, please visit the MS program page or PhD program page​

To apply now, click here.

Supporting the Health Physics Community

The MAP ERC and our Health Physics Training program support multiple health physics societies and conferences including: the Health Physical Society (HPS), the American Academy of Health Physics (AAHP), and the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). One of the ways we do this is by providing access to post-conference educational material and continuing education content. Please click on the links below to learn more. 

Colorado School of Public Health

13001 E. 17th Place​
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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