Health physics is the profession devoted to protecting people and their environment from potential radiation hazards, while making it possible to enjoy the benefits of the peaceful use of the atom.

The use of radiation in industry, medicine, and education has created a need for persons trained in the principles of radiation safety and health physics.

To meet this need, UT Professional & Personal Development has joined with Oak Ridge Associated Universities to offer the UT/ORAU Health Physics Certificate.

The program requires a minimum of 300 hours of radiological sciences taught by ORAU’s Professional Training Programs, including the five-week Applied Health Physics course, three electives, and an original research-based capstone paper.

The next Applied Health Physics course will be held from September 13 to October 15.

Electives offered this fall are Air Sampling (Oct. 18-22), MARSSIM (Nov. 1-5), and Gamma Spectroscopy (Dec. 6-10).

What do health physicists do?

Health physicists work in a variety of disciplines, including research, industry, education, environmental protection, and enforcement of government regulations. Although the health physicist usually concentrates in one of these disciplines, a professional health physicist typically performs duties in several areas.

For registration information on the fall courses, please contact the registrar of ORAU’s Professional Training Programs at (865) 576-3576 or

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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