Ph.D. in Radiological Health Health Physics Specialization

The Ph.D. 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.​

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

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 Thomas.Johnson@colostate.edu.

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.

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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