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Health Physics Statistics

Continuing education course introduces the use of statistics in operational health physics

Radiation survey worker

Introduction

The modern health physicist must be prepared to review, interpret, and analyze statistical data. The use of statistics and emphasis on risk-based decision-making has become more and more important to the radiation protection community. To help meet the need for trained personnel in this area, ORAU conducts a five-day training course—Health Physics Statistics. The American Academy of Health Physics grants 40 Continuing Education Credits for completion of this course.

Training dates

Course description

This five-day course introduces participants to the use of statistics in operational health physics. The course is divided between lectures and practical laboratory activities designed to reinforce important principles. Core concepts such as probability distributions, descriptive statistics, and hypothesis testing are included to support more detailed discussions on uncertainty propagation and statistical tests.

Who should attend

This course is for individuals with limited statistical knowledge and/or practical work experience who must analyze data sets and/or must oversee health physics projects.

Cost

$1,995 — 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

Monday
8:00 AM Welcome, Registration, Orientation and Photo 
8:15 AM DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
10:15 AM Practical Exercise: Basic Statistics - Hand Calculations
11:00 AM Practical Exercise: Basic Statistics - Software Calculations
1:00 PM PROBABILITY DISTRIBUTIONS
3:30 PM Practical Exercise: Chi Square Applications
Tuesday
8:00 AM Review Session
8:15 AM INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
9:45 AM Practical Exercise: Confidence Limits
10:15 AM Practical Exercise: Goodness of Fit, Normality,
and Outliers
1:00 PM CRITICAL LEVELS AND DETECTION LIMITS
2:30 PM Practical Exercise: Determining Critical Levels
and Detection Limits
Wednesday
8:00 AM Review Session
10:00 AM MINIMUM QUANTIFIABLE CONCENTRATION
11:00 AM UNCERTAINTY – GENERAL
12:45 PM PROPAGATION OF UNCERTAINTY
1:45 PM Practical Exercise: Combined Uncertainty
2:30 PM CONTROL CHARTS
3:30 PM Practical Exercise: Control Charts
Thursday
8:00 AM Review Session
8:15 AM STATISTICAL TESTS (Part 1)
11:00 AM Practical Exercise: Interpretation of Statistical
Tests
1:00 PM Practical Exercise: Interpretation of Statistical
Tests (cont.)
2:00 PM STATISTICAL TESTS (Part 2)
Friday
8:00 AM Review Session
9:00 AM REPORTING DATA
10:00 AM SPECIAL STATISTICS IN DECOMMISSIONING
11:30 AM Course Critique and Adjourn

For more information or assistance, please contact:

Registrar
ORAU Professional Training Programs
Phone: 865.576.3576
Fax: 865.241.9152

To view all course offerings, please see our full list of
Health Physics training courses