Health Physics

Program overview

In this program, students learn from faculty certified in health physics and through experiences in the field including a week-long practicum at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and visits to local uranium mines and mills. Students also have opportunities to study in Fukushima, Japan, in partnership with Fukushima University, and access a TRIGA reactor as well as a dedicated MNCP computer cluster for research. 

The Health Physics Program is located at Colorado State University (CSU). The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) financially supports qualified students in the program. The MAP ERC is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers in the country. Students supported by the center collaborate with trainees in industrial hygiene, occupational and environmental medicine, occupational health psychology, and ergonomics programs on interdisciplinary research, scholarly projects, and in-depth field assessments at local industry sites.

Radiation Protection and Measurements at CSU

Health Physics is a part of the Radiation Protection and Measurements Section at Colorado State University. The protection of humans, animals, and the environment while allowing the beneficial use of radiation is the overarching goal of the Radiation Protection and Measurements Section. The Radiation Protection and Measurements section is broadly divided into three specialties: Health Physics,  Radiochemistry, and Radioecology.

Program director

Thomas Johnson PhD

Health Physics Program Director (MAP ERC)
All Health Physics (and MAP ERC) students have the opportunity to participate in the annual practicum experience and visit Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and Idaho National Laboratory (INL). Students travel to LANL for a week in May or INL for a week in January. Each laboratory has a unique mission, and students get to meet with researchers in their area of expertise, tour one of a kind facilities, and participate in drills and other activities.


Alexander Brandl
Associate Professor | Interim Department Head 

Judy Heiderscheidt
Assistant Professor - Epidemiology | Associate Department Head for Education

Thomas Johnson
Professor - Health Physics

Del M Leary
CVMBS Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences Dept Assistant Professor - Medical Physics/Health Physics

Sheryl Magzamen
Associate Professor - Epidemiology

Ralf Sudowe
Professor | Section Head, Health Physics

Program spotlights

Viking helmets and radioactive rhinos. Health Physicist Tom Johnson keeps things interesting.

Frequently asked questions


Center for Health, Work & Environment

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Suite W3111

Mail Stop B119

Aurora, CO 80045

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