Radiological Sciences

Director: Norman J. Kleiman, PhD

Environmental Health Sciences investigates how environmental exposures to biological, chemical, and physical agents affect human health and disease. As the need to understand radiation exposure grows, so does the need for professionals with intensive scientific training. The Department of Environmental Health Sciences offers the Master’s of Science degree with a track in Radiological Sciences.

The curriculum is aimed at fulfilling an unmet need for public health expertise in understanding and communicating the health effects of radiation exposure. Graduates will be well equipped to seek employment in government or non-profit organizations with expertise in regulation and policy, in universities or research institutions, and within the nuclear power industry. The unique focus of the Radiological Sciences track, the first such program offered by a School of Public Health, will explore the intersection of environmental health sciences and human health risks of radiation exposure arising from accident, nuclear disaster, or terrorism.

Educational Goals

The Department’s Radiological Sciences MS degree program will:

  • Provide students with a foundation for interpreting the adverse human health effects associated with exposure to radiation.

  • Train graduates for careers in government and non-profit institutions tasked with evaluating risk and creating guidelines for exposure, as well as for careers in radiation research and development in academia, medicine, industry and the military,

  • Give students the skills to assess risks associated with exposure and to devise methods for minimizing exposure and designing processes for remediation.

  • Equip students with research experience through a Master’s thesis and workplace experience during a Practicum.

  • Provide the needed competence in the fundamentals of health physics required for certification by the American Board of Health Physics.


Applicants to the MS in Radiological Sciences should have a strong background in physics, chemistry, biology, and at least two semesters of calculus, as well as strong interest in working in some aspect of health physics or radiobiology for industry, government, or academia.

Students in this program will complete:

  • At least 40 credits of coursework

  • A three month Practicum (150-300 hours)

  • A Master’s research thesis

Course Work

Required Courses (32 Credits):

P6104 - Introduction to Biostatistics
P6330 - Radiobiology
P6400 - Introduction to Epidemiology
P9300 - Critical Thinking and Analysis in EHS
P9361 - Master's Essay Research
E4010 - Introduction to Nuclear Sciences
P8310 - Health Physics
E4600 - Fundamentals of Radiological Physics and Radiation Dosimetry
E4710 - Radiation Instrumentation and Measurement Laboratory
P9xxx - Radiological Crisis and Environmental Health
P9xxx - Radiation Health Policy

Elective Courses (3 Classes, 8+ Credits):

P6300 - Environmental Health Sciences Core
P6360 - Analysis of Environmental Health Data
P6385 - Principles of Genetics and the Environment
P8307 - Molecular Epidemiology
P8319 - Biomarkers in Environmental Health
P8323 - Laboratory Methods in Environmental Health Sciences
P9303 - Applied Environmental Public Health Science
P9362 - Master's Essay Research II


Nina Kulacki, MBA
Director of Academic Programs
Department of Environmental Health Sciences
Columbia University
(212) 305-3466

More information on this program.