Nuclear Engineering and Health Physics

Health Physics Program

ISU offers Ph.D., M.S., B.S., and AAS degrees in the discipline of Health Physics.

Both the ISU bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) programs are accreditated by ABET (www.abet.org) under the Applied Science Accreditation Commission.

ISU's Health Physics programs were among the first accredited in the Nation and remain the only accredited at both the B.S. and M.S. levels.

Health Physics

The ISU Health Physics programs are academically rigorous and intended for serious students who are willing to make a commitment to excellence and reap the benefits of this challenge in a well compensated and strategically important profession.

Health Physics is the profession dedicated to the protection of humans and their environment from the harmful effects of both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation while providing for its beneficial uses.

Health Physics is an interdisciplinary science that combines the elements of physics, biology, chemistry, Engineering and statistics, in the evaluation and improvement of practices involving radiation producing machines and radioactive materials with the goal of optimizing system performance with respect to human health and safety, economy and stewardship of the environment.

Mission

The mission of Health Physics (HP) is to educate students so they can achieve the highest standards of the Health Physics profession and to solve important problems for the people and industries of Idaho and the Nation through teaching, research, and service.

Educational Objectives

The educational objectives of the ISU Health Physics program are to produce Health Physicists with:

  1. broad, fundamental technical knowledge
  2. professional and public communication skills
  3. professional judgment and capability to think critically
  4. practical experience in solving applied health-physics problems
  5. the ability to work independently and in teams
  6. a professional ethic of magnitude sufficient for them to productively and successfully work in a variety of health physics settings.

Idaho State University offers in addition to the HP Bachelors of Science Degree an Associate of Science in Health Physics, a Masters of Science Degree in Health Physics and a Doctorate in Nuclear Science and Engineering with an emphasis in Health Physics.

The graduate program has two additional educational objectives:

  1. an ability to conduct research
  2. professional tools and experience above that expected for the baccalaureate program.

Please see the Health Physics Transfer Credit page for information on how the ISU Health Physics program evaluates credit transfers from other schools and credit.

Accreditation Reports

Program Self-Study Report for Review of the Idaho State University Health Physics Baccalaureate Program (2008 - 2009)
Program Self-Study Report for Review of the Idaho State University Health Physics Masters of Science Program (2008 - 2009)

Program Self-Study Report for Review of the Idaho State University Health Physics Baccalaureate Program (2002 - 2003)
Program Self-Study Report for Review of the Idaho State University Health Physics Masters of Science Program (2002 - 2003)


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