School of Health Sciences
Health physics is a profession devoted to the protection of people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation, thus providing for the utilization of radiation for the benefit of mankind. The profession, as we know it, began during World War II when the tremendous power available from nuclear energy was first being developed for weapons. The radiation hazards encountered during the early years of atomic energy were solved by the cooperation of physicists, chemists, biologists, engineers, and physicians. From this endeavor emerged the interdisciplinary specialty known as "health physics."
Today, the use of radiation in medicine, industry, and research benefits all of us. To assure that radiation and radioactive materials are used safely, nuclear facilities and research laboratories demand personnel who understand the many types of radiation hazards and who know how to prevent and control them.
Purdue University is an accredited member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Facts & Figures
Financial Aid: No
International Financial Aid: No
Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 336 USD
In State Tuition (per year): 9478 USD
Out State Tuition (per year): 27646 USD
Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive
Locale: Midsize Suburb
Size & Settings: 40,000+