Master of Science in Radiological Health Health Physics Specialization

The Master of Science in radiological health, health physics specialization focuses on gaining an in-depth understanding of the risks and benefits associated with radiation in order to protect public health and the environment.

Students also have the opportunity to choose a medical health physics track, which prepares students for health physics opportunities in a clinical setting, such as a hospital Radiation Safety Officer, and opens the door to a medical physics residency or entry level medical physics position in a radiotherapy clinic or radiology department.​

This program is accredited by the Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET.

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Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences

The Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences is home to one of the largest environmental health programs in the nation, and the only one that incorporates radiological health into its core curriculum. Students and researchers in environmental health investigate how natural and built environments affect human and animal health and seek solutions to minimize negative health consequences of environmental and workplace exposures. Radiological health has a long tradition at CSU focused on the biological effects of radiation, including laboratory studies of the damaging effects of radiation, and clinical uses of radiation in diagnostic imaging and cancer therapy.

Program Highlights

  • Opportunity to engage in radiation research through partnership with Japan’s Fukushima University

  • Access to a wide range of assistantships

  • Comprehensive curriculum includes extensive laboratory exercises, field trips, and research

  • Option to pursue combined Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in health physics

Research Opportunities

Hands-on learning is a key part of this degree program. Students will learn through field experiences, including a week-long trip to Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Students also have the opportunity to study in Fukushima, Japan, in partnership with Fukushima University. If you are interested in studying in Fukushima, contact

Application Information and Deadlines

Interested applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered for this program. The Graduate Record Exam is required.

If you are interested in the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science combined degree program, contact your undergraduate advisor for more information.

Interested applicants should contact a health physics faculty member to ensure availability of program space and/or funding before applying. Applicants should have a broad science background in physics, calculus, biology, and chemistry.

To apply, complete the Online Graduate Application via the Graduate School.

Date Action
February 1 Priority Consideration Deadline (for Domestic Applicants)
May 1 Fall Application Deadline (for International Applicants)
July 1 Fall Application Deadline (for Domestic Applicants)
September 1 Spring Application Deadline (for International Applicants)
November 1 Spring Application Deadline (for Domestic Applicants)

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Students may qualify for financial support, including tuition, stipends, as well as funding for research and travel from the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center for one to three years. Graduate research assistantships are also available on a competitive basis to qualified students.

Grants from the Graduate School, various scholarships, and/or research assistantships from faculty research grants are also available.

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