Health Physics

Health Physics

Prospective students should use this checklist to obtain specific admissions requirements on how to apply to Graduate School.

Degree Offered:M.S.
Program DirectorNorman E. Bolus, MSPH, MPH
Phone:(205) 934-3427

Program Information

Health Physics is a discipline that focuses on the application of physics, nuclear science, and engineering physics to diagnostics, treatment, and therapeutic processes pertaining to public health protection. It includes instruction in radiation biophysics, biophysics, health effects of natural and artificially induced radiation, hazard evaluation, environmental radioactivity, nuclear physics, engineering physics, radiobiology, medical radiology, calibration and dosage theory, computer application and medical informatics, and specific research problems involving the use of non-ionizing and ionizing radiation.

Program Accreditation and Professional Credentials

Established Health Physics programs may seek accreditation from the Applied Science Accreditation Commission (ASAC) of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Programmatic accreditation can be sought when the program is fully implemented and has graduated its first cohort of students. Program graduates will be eligible for part I of the certification examination administered by the American Board of Health Physics (ABHP).

Entry Term:Fall Semester
Deadline for Application Materials to be in the Graduate School Office:July 1
Program Length:4 consecutive semesters
  • This program will enroll its first cohort in Fall 2016.

Contact Information

For detailed information, contact the Department of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Health Physics Program, UAB School of Health Professions, SHPB 446, 1705 University Blvd., Birmingham,
Alabama 35294-1212.
Telephone 205-934-3209.


MHP 601. Principles of Health Physics. 3 Hours.

Introduction to the practice of health physics. Topics include accelerator and cyclotron health physics, environmental radiation, emergency response, decommissioning and decontamination, and nuclear reactors.
Prerequisites: PH 221 [Min Grade: C] and PH 222 [Min Grade: C]

MHP 611. Physics of Diagnostic Imaging. 3 Hours.

Overview of the various imaging modalities used in a clinical setting. Topics include the basics of X-rays, ultrasound, CT, MRI, SPECT & PET imaging.
Prerequisites: NMT 610 [Min Grade: C]

MHP 620. Principles of Dosimetry. 3 Hours.

Fundamental principles of radiation dosimetry. Topics include the mathematical treatment of internal and external doses from radiation sources, dosimetry models, routes of intake, industrial and medical sources.
Prerequisites: MHP 601 [Min Grade: C]

MHP 621. Nonionizing Radiation. 3 Hours.

Recognition, assessment, and control of nonionizing radiation hazards. Topics include sound, electricity, magnetism, microwaves, visible light, ultraviolet radiation, and lasers.
Prerequisites: MHP 601 [Min Grade: C]

MHP 675. Special Topics in Health Physics. 1-4 Hour.

Exploration of current issues in Health Physics.

MHP 691. Supervised Practice. 6 Hours.

Supervised practical experiences in applied health physics.
Prerequisites: MHP 620 [Min Grade: C]

MHP 698. Non-Thesis Research. 1-4 Hour.

Directed research with a faculty mentor to complete an applied master's degree project.