Radiological Health Sciences
If you are interested in studying the intersection of engineering, physics, and health care, radiological health sciences is the perfect fit. This major 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. In addition is multiple Health Sciences and Physics courses, students within this major have the opportunity to complete up to 6 courses in Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Nuclear Pharmacy to create a well-rounded foundation in radiological health. 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.
Optional Pre-Medical Physics Concentration
Students interested in medical imaging or pursuing medical school to become a radiologist or pursuing an accelerated five-year M.S. in Medical Physics in either the therapeutic or diagnostic track should consider the pre-medical physics program. Radiation is all around us and is used to generate power, analyze samples and materials, diagnose medical conditions and treat cancer. Medical physicists work closely with physicians and patients to develop radiation therapy treatments that minimize side effects while effectively treating cancer. Medical physicists also specialize in utilizing radiological imaging to diagnose various medical conditions. Students within this major have the opportunity to complete excellent internships within industry and health care facilities. The School of Health Sciences also has a 3T MRI machine located on campus where undergraduate students can assist in research related to medical imaging.
Undergraduate students in Premedical Physics have the opportunity to complete an accelerated 5.5-year (4+1.5) M.S. degree in Medical Physics through the School of Health Sciences. During the M.S. degree, students must choose a track in either diagnostic (imaging) radiological physics or therapeutic radiological physics. Both of these options are professional degrees that traditionally take 6.5 years to complete and both options lead to excellent health care careers.-
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Careers in Radiological Health Sciences
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.
With a focus in medical physics, individuals are prepared to utilize advanced imaging to detect cancer and prescribe treatment for cancer. The average salary for an individual with a master’s or doctoral degree in medical physics is $128,445.
Transfer to Radiological Health Sciences
Purdue admits to individual majors. In addition to meeting overall Purdue transfer criteria, such as minimum high school course requirements, applicants must also meet major-specific requirements. The major-specific criteria for this program are listed below. Students who meet or exceed these are the most competitive candidates for admission. Before applying, review the closed programs page to confirm your desired major is open to transfer students for your desired entry term.
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Also: Any combination of at least two courses equivalent to the following Purdue courses — CHM 11500, CHM 11600, BIOL 11000, BIOL 11100, MA 16010 or MA 16500, or a calculus-based physics course, with a minimum grade of C in each course.
Contact InformationHHS Undergraduate Student Services