Health Physics, M.Sc. | The University of Alabama at Birmingham | Birmingham, United States
24 months
1496 USD/credit 39644 USD/year
1418 USD/credit 37577 USD/year
595 USD/credit 15767 USD/year
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Radiation is an valuable tool in health care, but it can also be dangerous, and we need people like you to keep patients safe. At The University of Alabama at Birmingham through this Health Physics program we can teach you about the risks and benefits of radiation, and help prepare you for a career as a health physicist.


To get started, you'll take courses that cover topics such as radiation biophysics, hazard evaluation, environmental radioactivity, nuclear physics, radiobiology, and medical radiology. 

Then, we'll familiarize you with the fundamentals of quality patient care with an offering of professional development electives. Next, we’ll build on that foundation by offering a chance for you to get real-world experience in an actual practice. Finally, you and a faculty mentor can identify projects that suit your goals and interests, so you can get some research under your belt. In the end, you will have had training and experiences that will be beneficial to you as you pursue a career in a medical facility, defense plant, higher education institution, or elsewhere.

Fast Facts:

  • This is one of 20 master's of health physics programs in the U.S., and the only one in Alabama.
  • Certified health physicists earned an average income of $138,852 in 2018 (Health Physics Society).
There are only about 20 Health Physics programs at the master’s degree level in the nation and ours is the only one in the State of Alabama. At The University of Alabama at Birmingham, the Master of Science in Health Physics Program is in a unique position to train a new generation of health physicists that play a critical role in ensuring safety emphasizing medical aspects of the field.

Programme Structure


  • Professional Skills Development
  • Research Design and Statistics
  • Nuclear Medicine Physics, Instrumentation, and Lab
  • Regulations, Radiation Protection/Biology and Lab
  • Principles of Health Physics
  • Physics of Diagnostic Imaging

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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International applicants should apply at least six months in advance of deadlines to ensure processing of all Visa paperwork.


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General requirements

In addition to the general Graduate School admission requirements, applicants to the M.S. program must:

  • Have a baccalaureate degree in biology, physics, chemistry, biomedical sciences, bioengineering, or a related degree from an accredited college or university,
  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (A= 4.0), computed from all undergraduate credits or from the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate course credit,
  • Apply for admission to the UAB MHP Program,

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39644 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1496 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    37577 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1418 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • In-State

    15767 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 595 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Birmingham

1019 - 1648 USD /month
Living costs

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