12 months
28794 USD/year
28794 USD/year
9992 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Health Physics at the Purdue University, also referred to as the science of radiation protection, is the profession devoted to protecting people and their environment from potential radiation hazards, while making it possible to enjoy the beneficial uses of radiation.


The use of radiation in medicine, industry, and research benefits all of us. To assure that radiation and radioactive materials are used safely, nuclear facilities and research laboratories demand personnel who understand the many types of radiation hazards and who know how to prevent and control them. 

Specialized education and training is a prerequisite for becoming a professional health physicist. In order to pursue a career in health physics, you must have a basic education in physical science plus training in specific areas. To qualify for professional status, a health physicist needs at least a BS degree at the Purdue University in science, engineering, or health science with specialized courses in physics, mathematics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, radiation biology, radiological health, and occupational health. A graduate degree in health physics is required for many professional level positions, particularly for those involving health physics research or teaching.

What do Health Physicists Do?

  • Health Physics Researchers
  • Environmental Health Physicists
  • Health Physics Educators
  • Medical Health Physicists
  • Industrial and Applied Health Physicists
  • Radiation Safety Officers
  • Health Physics Regulators

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Radiation Science Fundamentals
  • Applied Health Physics
  • Environmental Epidemiology
  • Graduate Seminars
  • Nuclear Engineering Principles
  • Statistical Methods
  • Medical Health Physics
  • Radiochemistry
  • Aerosol Science
  • Radioactive Waste Management

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

For all applicants:

  • Create an application account to start your application.

  • Submit results of required tests (if needed) for your graduate program (examples of tests: GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS).

  • Prepare any additional documents based on your desired graduate program.

For degree-seeking applicants:
  • Upload official transcripts for every institution of higher education attended.

  • Submit three letters of recommendation or appropriate number according to your graduate program.

For nondegree applicants:
  • Provide evidence of a bachelor’s degree (may be a transcript, copy of a diploma or a letter from your college/university verifying the degree).

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    28794 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14397 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    28794 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14397 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    9992 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 4996 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for West Lafayette

1096 - 1774 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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