The field of Health Physics is devoted to the protection of humans from the adverse health effects associated with exposure to radiation -- ionizing or non-ionizing. The Health Physics program at Georgetown University offers a Master of Science degree in Health Physics.

Our program consists of two tracks

For students who select the Nonproliferation track, the focus of the internships and the required courses is directed more toward the science, technology and some policy aspects of this subject.

The curriculum of the Health Physics program, for both tracks, has been designed to provide students with the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge to become competent health physicists. Students in the program have the opportunity to gain valuable experience in various areas associated with health physics, such as basic radiation physics, radiation detection, radiation dosimetry, radiation and chemicial cancer risk assessment, environmental radiation protection, and radiation biology.

Health Physics News

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November 27, 2016. Prof. Jorgensen's book, Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation, was named the Sixth Best Book of 2016 by the newspaper The Telegraph (London).

October 20, 2016. Prof. Jorgensen spoke at the PopTech 2016 conference in Camden ME. His talk was about the war on science, and how scientists need to change the way they communicate with the public. (Video of his presentation is below).


August 31, 2016. The Health Physics Program welcomes Prof. David Smith, who will be teaching Environmental Health Physics this semester. He is replacing Prof. Gary Phillips as course director. Prof. Phillips has retired from teaching at Georgetown to return to his home state of Kansas. We wish him well in his retirement and we thank him for his many years of teaching in the Health Physics Program. (See Prof. Smith's profile on the Faculty page.)