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 can pursue a pre-medical physics track.

Radiological Health Sciences Website

Plan of Study


Transfer GPA and Course Requirements

Purdue admits to individual majors. To be considered for admission as a college transfer student, applicants must meet minimum GPA requirements for their desired major. In addition, some majors have course requirements. Requirements for this major are posted below (unless the program is closed to transfers).

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Additional Requirements: Two semesters of college-level chemistry (equivalent to CHM 11500 and 11600) with grades of C or higher in each OR completion of one semester of chemistry (equivalent to CHM 11500 or CHM 11600) and one semester of biology (equivalent to BIOL 11000 or BIOL 11100) with a C or higher in each.


Contact Information
Phone: 765-494-8102


Career placement 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