Radiological Sciences

The Profession of Radiological Health Physics

Radiological Health Physics involves the study of the effects of radiation and radioactivity on life processes.  It also can be called Radiation Protection Science and is particularly involved with the effects of radiation on the human body and the control of such radiation. 

Many graduates of this curriculum at the University of Massachusetts Lowell enter the profession of health physics, which is devoted to the protection of man and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation while at the same time making it possible for our advancing civilization to enjoy all of the benefits resulting from uses of radiation. 

Radiation control in its professional aspects requires the skills and knowledge from many disciplines. It has common scientific interests with many areas of specialization:

  • Biophysics
  • Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Metallurgy
  • Medicine
  • Physiology
  • Industrial Hygiene
  • Toxicology 

Other aspects of the profession include:

  • A working knowledge of Labor Relations
  • Public Relations
  • Teaching
  • Philosophy
  • Administration. 

The wide spectrum of knowledge required of the health physicist makes this profession both challenging and rewarding.