Radiological Health Sciences

College of Health and Human Sciences

Radiological health sciences is concerned with the study of protecting individuals, communities, and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation. Graduates in Radiological Health Sciences (RHS) develop and apply scientific and engineering practices for the effective and safe use of radiation. Internships are strongly encouraged and opportunities are available in industry (measurement and instrumentation and nuclear energy), research (safety of radionucludies/radiopharmacy), medicine (therapeutics and diagnostics), and government. Students complete multiple courses in Health Science, Nuclear Engineering, Physics, and others to create a well-rounded foundation of radiological health. Students interested in pursuing medical school to become a radiologist or pursuing an accelerated 5-year M.S. in Medical Physics in either the therapeutic or diagnostic track should consider the pre-medical physics program.

Radiological Health Sciences Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. Many majors require that applicants have completed specific coursework, and all have a suggested minimum GPA. The criteria for this major are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these criteria are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Also: Any combination of at least 2 of the following courses: an equivalent to CHM 11500, an equivalent to CHM 11600, an equivalent to BIOL 11000, and equivalent to BIOL 11100, an equivalent to MA 16100 or MA 16500, or a calculus-based physics course, with a minimum grade of C in each course.


Contact Information
Phone: 765-494-8102


The employment rate for graduates is constantly at, or near, 100% and individuals with a bachelor's degree have a median salary of $81,250 (Health Physics Society Salary Survey, 2013). This program trains students to design and direct radiation health safety programs associated with nuclear reactors, accelerators, radionuclides, x-rays, lasers, microwaves, and other sources of radiation; measure and control radiation in the environment, including radioactive waste management; administer radiation health programs, including medical health physics.

Related Career Interests

Engineering and Technologies

Healthcare Services

Science and Research