Radiation Physics and Radiological Engineering
Start Date: July 31, 2023
End Date: September 18, 2023
Radiation Physics and Radiological Engineering is one of three non-credit courses in the Certification in Radiological Engineering and Health Physics (CREHP) program. This course can be taken individually, or as one of the three courses required to receive the CREHP certificate of completion. This course must be completed first if you are intending to complete all three courses for the certification.
Radiation Physics and Radiological Engineering provides a solid foundation for understanding fundamental radiation physics and associated processes. The course is taught by Dr. Vaibhav Sinha, faculty member in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University. While the course content is delivered asynchronously in 100% distance learning format, it is led by Dr. Sinha who is available to assist students with questions. A certificate of completion is provided to students who complete the course. The content in this non-credit course includes instructional material equivalent to a one semester credit hour class.
4 CEUs are granted upon successful completion of the course.
By the end of this course, students should successfully be able to understand and apply:
- General principles of radiation, radioactivity, and radiation safety.
- Concepts of radiation physics.
- Interaction of radiation (alpha, beta, gamma, and neutrons) with materials.
- Radiation exposure pathways and modeling of radionuclides transport through the atmosphere.
- Biological effects of radiation and legal regulations in the industry, academia, and research.
- Radioactive waste management, decontamination, and decommissioning methods.
Expected Time Commitment to Complete this Course
Each course is equivalent to a one semester credit hour class. Therefore these courses consists of approximately 40 hours of class time. That includes 12-15 hours of recorded faculty lectures and 22-25 hours of additional course work. Each week there is 5.7 hours of combined class time (40 hrs / 7 weeks). The average student should allow a 2:1 study-to-class-time ratio to complete the course. This means you should plan to study two hours for each one hour of class time. This equates to 11-12 hours per week to complete all course work. (5.7 hrs X 2 = 11-12 hrs). Based on your own personal strengths and experience, you should increase or decrease the ratio.
A bachelor's degree in engineering or a related field is strongly recommended.