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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March 28, 2016. Prof. Jorgensen gave a presentation on "Predicting the Health Consequences of Nuclear Terrorism Scenarios" at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Wsshington DC.

March 9, 2016. Prof. Jorgensen's new book, Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation, released by Princeton University Press to "glowing" reviews. Kirkus Reviews (starred review): “In this spirited, thorough investigation into radiation, [Jorgensen] delivers narrative science at its best, providing a propulsive story, each piece building on the next in a series of progressive revelations. … With a deft touch, the author delves into [the science, yet] he displays a soft sense of humor while covering a serious topic. A seismic piece of scientific inquiry, top shelf in narrative style and illumination.” Science Magazine (AAAS): “Unbiased, comprehensible information on radiation risk is hard to come by. Jorgensen’s book Strange Glow: The Story of Radiation fills this gap, using history to explain how we encounter radiation and how it affects us. … It provides readers with the basic facts so that they can make decisions about the risks they want to live with.”