Columbia University

School of Public Health

Radiological Sciences


630 West 169th Street

New York City, NY 10027

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

Environmental Health Sciences investigates how environmental exposures to biological, chemical, and physical agents affect human health and disease. As the need to understand radiation exposure grows, so does the need for professionals with intensive scientific training. The Department of Environmental Health Sciences offers the Master of Science degree with a concentration in Radiological Sciences.

Our curriculum is aimed at fulfilling an unmet need for public health expertise in understanding and communicating the health effects of radiation exposure. The unique focus of the Radiological Sciences track, the first such program offered by a School of Public Health, is at the intersection of environmental health science and the human health risks of radiation exposure arising from accident, nuclear disaster, or terrorism.

Understanding the health effects of radiation and how to protect the public from excessive exposure is of critical importance in today’s uncertain world. Trained professionals with expertise in radiation safety are vital and necessary to protect energy resources, national security, and public health. Individuals with expertise in radiological science AND effective public speaking and writing skills are especially needed to communicate the relative health risks and benefits of radiation exposure with the general public, elected officials, and regulators. 

Through rigorous coursework, practicum, and research, students will gain valuable expertise and training in health physics and radiobiology, conceptual and methodological foundations in biostatistics and epidemiology, and critical thinking and practical skills through hands-on experience. Students will learn how to conduct studies on the effects of radiation in a variety of biological systems.

In addition to full time academic faculty with globally recognized expertise and research, our faculty includes instructors with real-world experience, enhancing the practical, career-oriented aspects of the curriculum. Students will also receive instruction from world renowned faculty in the Columbia University Center for Radiological Research.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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