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Applied Health Physics

Continuing education course for professionals in many disciplines to learn safe handling of radioactive materials

Applied Health Physics course instructor and students

Introduction

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, ORAU conducts a five-week training course—Applied Health Physics. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

Training dates

It may be possible to split your attendance between two sessions (e.g., three weeks in the Spring, two weeks in the Fall). Contact the Registrar for more information.

Course description

This intensive five-week training course consists of lectures and laboratory exercises. Participants spend approximately 40% of their time performing laboratory exercises using radiation detection and measurement equipment. Laboratory exercises complement the health physics principles learned in the lectures. Beginning with fundamental principles, each topic progresses to an advanced level. Instruction is fortified with weekly examinations and problem sessions. A final examination is given at the end of the course.

This course will satisfy most of the basic science training hours required for a license in medical uses of by-product material. For more information on licensing requirements, contact your state’s radiological control program or the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Who should attend

Any person needing training in health physics and radiation protection should attend this course. Attendees should have some training in mathematics, including algebra, and have experience using a calculator with scientific functions.

Cost

$9,995 — The tuition includes the full cost of training, books, and instructional materials. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the ORAU Professional Training Programs Electronic Library DVD.

Tentative course schedule

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

Monday 
8:00 AM Welcome, Registration, Orientation and Photo 
9:30 AM INTRODUCTION TO RADIOACTIVITY 
2:30 PM LAB AND RADIATION SAFETY
3:30 PM Problem Session 1
Tuesday 
8:00 AM DECAY RATES
9:30 AM INTERACTIONS OF CHARGED PARTICLE WITH MATTER
11:00 AM GAMMA RAYS, CONVERSION ELECTRONS, X-RAYS, AND AUGER ELECTRONS
2:00 PM COUNTING STATISTICS 
3:15 PM Demonstration: Cloud Chamber 
Lab: Counting Statistics 
Wednesday 
8:00 AM INTERACTIONS OF PHOTONS WITH MATTER
9:00 AM GAS DETECTORS
10:30 AM GEIGER MUELLER DETECTORS
1:00 PM Lab: G-M Counting I 
Thursday 
8:00 AM PROPORTIONAL COUNTERS 
9:00 AM DOSIMETRIC QUANTITIES AND UNITS: EXPOSURE 
10:00 AM DOSIMETRIC QUANTITIES AND UNITS: ABSORBED DOSE AND KERMA EQUIVALENT 
11:00 AM DOSIMETRIC QUANTITIES AND UNITS: EFFECTIVE DOSE EQUIVALENT 
1:00 PM Problem Session 2 
2:00 PM Lab: A) Proportional Counting 
Lab: B) G-M Counting II 
Friday 
8:00 AM IONIZATION CHAMBERS
9:00 AM SOLID SCINTILLATOR DETECTORS
10:30 AM SURVEY METERS INTRODUCTION
11:00 AM POINT, LINE, PLANE AND VOLUME SOURCES 
1:00 PM Lab: A) G-M Counting II
Lab: B) Proportional Counting 
3:30 PM Exam I 

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

Monday 
8:00 AM SURVEY METERS FOR SURFACE CONTAMINATION
9:00 AM SURVEY METERS FOR MEASURING EXPOSURE RATES
10:30 AM CALIBRATION OF SURVEY METERS I
1:00 pm Lab: A) Alpha and Beta Instrument Calibration 
Lab: B) Gamma Instrument Calibration 
2:45 PM Lab: A) Gamma Instrument Calibration
Lab: B) Alpha and Beta Instrument Calibration
Tuesday 
8:00 AM Exam Review 
9:00 AM CALIBRATION OF SURVEY METERS (Part II)
10:30 AM NATURAL BACKGROUND AND MAN-MADE RADIOACTIVITY
1:00 PM Lab: A) Survey Instruments I
Lab: A) Survey Instruments II
2:45 PM Lab: B) Survey Instruments II
Lab: B) Survey Instruments I
Wednesday 
8:00 AM RADIONUCLIDE EQUILIBRIUM
9:30 AM GAMMA SPECTROSCOPY OVERVIEW
11:00 AM GAMMA SPECTRUM FEATURES
1:00 PM Lab: Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy I 
2:45 PM Lab: Low Energy Spectral Features 
Thursday 
8:00 AM SEMICONDUCTOR DETECTORS 
10:30 AM Lab: High Resolution Gamma-Ray Spectroscopy 
1:00 PM CRITICIAL LEVELS, DETECTION LIMITS, MINIMUM DETECTABLE ACTIVITIES
2:30 PM Problem Session 3 
3:30 PM Lab: Walkover Survey
Friday 
8:00 AM Lab: High Resolution Gamma-Ray Spectrometry
10:00 AM Lab: High Energy Spectral Features
11:30 AM Demo: Well Detector Spectral Features
1:30 PM Computerized Gamma Spectroscopy
3:30 PM Exam II 

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

Monday 
8:00 AM RADIATION PROTECTION REGULATIONS AND STANDARDS
9:30 AM INDUSTRIAL USES OF RADIATION 
10:30 AM SHIELDING RADIATION
1:00 PM TRANSPORTATION REGULATIONS
3:00 PM Lab: Radiation Shielding 
Tuesday 
8:00 AM SEALED SOURCE DESIGN, TESTING, AND LEAK TESTING
9:00 AM Exam Review 
10:30 AM X-RAY FLUORESCENCE
11:00 AM Lab: X-ray Fluorescence
1:00 PM Lab: A) Alpha Spectroscopy
Lab: B) Protective Clothing/Hand-held Gamma Spec. Detectors
2:45 PM Lab: A) Protective Clothing/Hand-held Gamma Spec. Detectors
Lab: B) Alpha Spectroscopy 
Wednesday 
8:00 AM X-RAY PRODUCTION
9:30 AM Lab: A) Techniques and Sample Preparation
Lab: B) Half-Life of Long-lived Nuclide
12:30 PM Lab: A) Half-Life of Long-lived Nuclide
Lab: B) Techniques and Sample Preparation
2:30 PM Problem Session 4 
3:30 PM Lab: RESRAD and MicroShield Demo
Thursday 
8:00 AM ACCELERATORS
9:30 AM RADIATION SURVEYS
10:30 AM LIQUID SCINTILLATION COUNTING 
1:00 PM Lab: A) Contamination Survey
Lab: B) Leak Testing
2:30 PM Lab: A) Leak Testing
Lab: B) Contamination Survey
4:00 PM Lab: Liquid Scintillation Counting 
Friday 
8:00 AM EFFECTS OF RADIATION AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL
9:30 AM ACUTE (EARLY) EFFECTS OF RADIATION 
11:00 AM DELAYED (LATE) EFFECTS OF RADIATION 
1:00 PM Lab Prep: Radon Canisters and Electrets 
1:30 PM PREPARING FOR RADIATION EMERGENCIES/RADIATION ACCIDENTS 
2:30 PM Tour: REAC/TS 
NO EXAM THIS WEEK

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

Monday 
8:00 AM RADON AND ITS DECAY PRODUCTS
10:00 AM THERMOLUMINESCENT, FILM, AND OSL DOSIMETRY 
1:00 PM RADON II 
2:30 PM Lab: A) TLD Systems 
Lab: B) Electronic Calibration 
3:45 PM Lab: B) Floor Monitoring 
Tuesday 
8:00 AM AIR SAMPLING INTRODUCTION
9:30 AM AIR SAMPLING EQUATIONS
11:00 AM Problem Session 5
1:00 PM AIR SAMPLER CALIBRATION
2:30 PM Lab: A) Electronic Calibration 
Lab: B) TLD and OSL Dosimetry 
3:00 PM Lab: A) Film Dosimetry 
Lab: A) Floor Monitoring 
Wednesday 
8:00 AM STACK SAMPLING
9:30 AM ATMOSPHERIC DISPERSION
1:00 PM FUME HOOD DESIGN AND TESTING 
2:30 PM Lab: A) Ventilation System Testing
Lab: B) Air Sampler Calibration 
Thursday 
8:00 AM INTRODUCTION TO NUCLEAR POWER AND REACTOR HEALTH PHYSICS
10:00 AM EXTERNAL DOSIMETRY
12:30 PM Lab: A) Air Sampler Calibration 
Lab: B) Ventilation System Testing 
2:30 PM Lab: Radon Charcoal Canisters and Electrets 
Friday 
8:00 AM INTERNAL DOSIMETRY 
11:00 AM BIOASSAY
2:00 PM Problem Session 6
2:00 PM RESPIRATORY PROTECTION 
3:30 PM EXAM III 

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5

Monday 
8:00 AM NEUTRON SOURCES 
9:00 AM NEUTRON INTERACTIONS 
10:30 AM NEUTRON DETECTION 
1:00 PM Lab: A) BF3 Detectors 
Lab: B) Air Sampling (Radon Daughters)
2:45 PM Lab: A) Air Sampling (Radon Daughters)
Lab: B) BF3 Detectors  
Tuesday 
8:00 AM NEUTRON ACTIVATION AND ACTIVATION ANALYSIS
9:00 AM Lab: A) Neutron Activation Analysis 
Lab: B) Neutron Survey Meter Calibration 
10:45 AM Lab: A) Neutron Survey Meter Calibration 
Lab: B) Neutron Activation Analysis 
1:00 PM Lab: Neutron Fluence Rate Measurements 
2:30 PM Review of Course Quizzes and Lab Exercises (Optional) 
Wednesday 
8:00 AM RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT
9:30 AM MEDICAL USES OF RADIATION
11:00 AM SAMPLE PROCESS
1:00 PM RADIOLOGICAL SURVEY TYPES IN SUPPORT OF DECOMMISSIONING 
2:00 PM Lab: Comprehensive Lab Practical 
Thursday
8:00 AM RADIONUCLIDE PATHWAYS
9:00 AM RADIOACTIVE WASTE
10:30 AM MEDICAL USES OF RADIATION 
1:00 PM RADIOACTIVITY IN CONSUMER PRODUCTS 
Friday 
8:00 AM Comprehensive Final Exam 
10:00 AM Course Critique
10:30 AM Commencement 

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Registrar
ORAU Professional Training Programs
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152

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