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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. This program has two tracks (i) traditional health physics; (ii) nuclear nonproliferation. 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.
Febryary 16, 2013 (Wall Street Journal).Chinese authorities are moving to tamp down public worries about radiation less than a week after North Korea set off a nuclear test not far from their common border. The Chinese government released radiation readings on Thursday and Friday -- and then again late Saturday -- in the northeastern part of the country that showed no signs of elevated levels. Based on weather forecast data provided by the National Meteorological Information Center, "even if a radiation leak takes place, it will mainly head toward the southeast and won't affect our country at the moment," the ministry said in an initial response on its website Wednesday, one day after North Korea carried out its third nuclear test.[MORE NEWS]