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Health Physics minor

General information

This minor is designed for our university undergraduates who may want to increase their knowledge in radiation protection science to better position them in the Ontario nuclear industry job market.

Refurbishment and decommissioning of nuclear facilities and nuclear power plants scheduled for the coming decades will bring with it an increasing need for all employees in this industrial sector and associated regulators to have an enhanced appreciation and awareness of radiation protection and health physics practices and the underlying scientific basis of these practices.

The purpose of the minor is to provide the fundamentals of radiation protection science related to applied nuclear technology and the medical applications of ionizing radiation. Topics covered in this minor include interaction of radiation with matter, radiation detection, dosimetry, biophysics, shielding, radioisotopes, medical applications of radiation, and environmental effects of radiation.

Admission requirements

Students can enter the minor in Health Physics after second year as long as they have a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.7 and are enrolled in a science, health science or engineering major.

Minor requirements

To obtain a minor in Health Physics, a student must take six courses (18 credit hours) from the list given below (four required core courses and two electives). A maximum of two courses may be taken as part of a student’s major program of study.

A cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 in the minor courses is required to successfully complete the Health Physics minor.