Health Physics Courses

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HPHYS300|Radiation Physics I

5 Credits

This course is intended to teach students the basic fundamentals of health physics beginning with a review of physical principles, atomic and nuclear structure, radiation sources, radioactive decay series and differential equations, and the physical theory of interaction of radiation with matter. Students will develop skills by learning how to use available resources such as Brookhaven National Laboratory National Nuclear Data Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory Radiological Toolbox and national Health Physics Society membership resources.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Health Physics BAS program.

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HPHYS305|Radiation Physics II

5 Credits

This course is intended to teach students advanced fundamentals of health physics beginning with radiation exposure, dosimetric quantities, radiation biology, standards and guidance relating to radiation safety, radiation detector theory and measurement counting statistics. Students will develop skills by learning how to use available resources, such as Brookhaven National Laboratory's National Nuclear Data Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Radiological Toolbox and national Health Physics Society membership resources.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: grade of 2.5 or better in HPHYS 300 or instructor permission.

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HPHYS310|Nuclear Forensics

5 Credits

This course explores the chemical, physical and nuclear aspects associated with nuclear material production and identification. Topics will include nuclear fuel cycle, analysis of recovered material, nuclear policy and nuclear forensic case histories.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Health Physics BAS program.

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HPHYS315|Radiological and Nuclear Emergency Response

5 Credits

This course is intended to teach students the national framework for responding to incidents involving radiological and nuclear materials and the role of historical impacts on shaping policy and accident analysis. A description of the National Contingency Plan and how it envelopes the EPA, investigative units, medical management of patients, response and recovery, societal issues, and factors affecting decision making.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: grade of 2.5 or better in HPHYS 305 or instructor permission.

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HPHYS320|Environmental Radioactivity

5 Credits

This course is intended to teach students the sources of natural and technologically enhanced radioactivity in the environment. Basic environmental transport methods and software will be explored and applied to determine dose to a worker and a member of the public based on a composite of real-world situations, in a hypothetical setting, that have historically occurred in the health physics industry.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: grade of 2.5 or better in HPHYS 305 or instructor permission.

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HPHYS350|Health Physics Seminar I

1 Credit

This course is intended to cover a broad spectrum of topics in contemporary health physics (e.g., state and federal regulations, waste disposal, emergency response, dosimetry, IAEA activities, nuclear nonproliferation, radiation oncology, etc.) delivered by field experts. Additionally, the students will increase their knowledge of employment opportunities and learn basic skills, such as resume writing and interview techniques.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Health Physics BAS program.

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HPHYS400|External Dosimetry

5 Credits

This course is intended to teach students external radiation protection, point kernel techniques, shielding calculations including National Council on Radiation Protection and Measures (NCRP) 147, and external dosimetry measurement techniques. Students will develop skills by learning how to use industry shielding software and available resources, such as Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Radiological Toolbox.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: grade of 2.5 or better in HPHYS 305 or instructor permission.

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HPHYS405|Internal Dosimetry

5 Credits

This course is intended to teach students internal radiation protection based on international recommendations that include International Commission on Radiological Protection (ICRP), National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) and journal publications. Furthermore, the course will include discussion and applications of Medical Internal Radiation Dose (MIRD) methods for calculating internal dose. Students will develop skills by learning how to use industry dosimetry software, such as Integrated Modules for Bioassay Analysis (IMBA) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Radiological Toolbox.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: grade of 2.5 or better in HPHYS 305 or instructor permission.

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HPHYS410|Radiation Biology

5 Credits

This course is intended to teach students molecular mechanisms of radiation interaction, cell survival curves, cellular radiosensitivity, dose fractionation, acute radiation syndrome, medical countermeasures, radiation carcinogenesis, teratogenesis, and radiation protection. Students will develop skills by learning how to use applicable sections of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Radiological Toolbox.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: grade of 2.5 or better in HPHYS 305 or instructor permission.

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HPHYS415|Radiation Detection and Measurement & Lab

5 Credits

This course is intended to teach students the basic physics principles and applications of radiation detecting instruments, with laboratory exercises. The course emphasizes techniques and instrumentation for nuclear radiation detection and measurements as they relate to health physics (radiation safety) and nuclear physics. Laboratory exercises implement classroom knowledge through experience with various counting systems.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: grade of 2.5 or better in HPHYS 305 or instructor permission.

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HPHYS420|Medical Health Physics

5 Credits

This course is intended to provide students an introduction to the field of Medical Health Physics. Topics in this course will include the diagnostic and therapeutic use of x-rays and nuclear medicine, radiation protection and regulation, radiation accidents, waste management and disposal.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Health Physics BAS program.

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HPHYS425|Nuclear and Radiological Regulatory Framework

5 Credits

This course is intended to teach students the formation of the nuclear and regulatory environment in the United States and the role of Independent Domestic and International Consensus Standards.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Health Physics BAS program.

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HPHYS450|Health Physics Seminar II

1 Credit

This second seminar in the series is intended to expand knowledge spectrum of topics in contemporary health physics, delivered by field experts, and explore local employment opportunities.

Prerequisite

Prerequisite: acceptance into the Health Physics BAS program.

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