Accreditation – Health Physics

The educational objectives of the health physics program support the mission of Colorado State University through graduates contributing to the public health and safety of Coloradoans, the United States, and the world in radiation safety. Our graduates’ knowledge of radiation protection and the ability to communicate this information supports both university and departmental goals and objectives.

Educational Objectives

The Master of Science in health physics objectives for graduates are to:

  • Obtain a broad, fundamental technical knowledge of health physics and other specialties related to radiation protection and measurements
  • Continually develop professional communication skills and expertise
  • Gain practical experience in solving applied health physics problems and the art and science of radiation protection
  • Obtain professional certification

Student Outcomes

The outcomes desired by Master of Science in health physics graduates are as follows:

  • An ability to apply knowledge of health physics and related fields or specialties, including statistics, radiobiology, radiochemistry and radioecology
  • An ability to formulate a hypothesis, design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data.
  • An ability to develop and implement a program to meet radiation safety needs of workers and protection of the general public and environment
  • An ability to function independently and on multi-disciplinary teams
  • An ability to identify and solve health physics problems
  • An understanding of professional and ethical responsibility
  • An ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • The broad education necessary to understand the impact of solutions to contemporary public health issues in a global and societal context
  • A recognition of the need to engage in life-long learning
  • An ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern scientific and technical tools necessary for professional practice

Professional certification is an educational objective as it is an outside measure of the ability of our graduates to perform in the health physics profession.

Student Enrollment and Graduation Data

  • Academic Year 2018-19
    • New master’s students: 4
    • Total students enrolled: 13
    • Total students graduated: 8
  • Academic Year 2017-18
    • New master’s students: 5
    • Total students enrolled: 22
    • Total students graduated: 8
  • Academic Year 2016-17
    • New master’s students: 6
    • Total students enrolled: 27
    • Total students graduated: 8