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Health Physics Statistics

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

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

June 24-28, 2019 (registration coming soon)

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.

Registration Information

 

  • The decision deadline for running a course is 30 days prior to the course start date. If there are not enough registrants at that time, the course will be cancelled, so please REGISTER EARLY. If you are unable to register prior to the deadline, please contact the Registrar for assistance.

    You have several options on registration and payment for an ORAU PTP course:

    • Register and pay online (see course listings for registration links) with a credit card (VISA, MasterCard, AMEX or Discover)
    • Download the registration form to fill out and submit to the Registrar. Payment arrangements will follow.
    • Contact the Registrar by email or phone for complete assistance in registration and payment.

    Be sure to read the following information prior to registering.

    Non-citizens (U.S.)

    Since this training takes place in a Department of Energy facility, certain security requirements must be met. Foreign nationals must be cleared before attending, a process that may take several weeks. If you are a foreign national, contact the Registrar for additional information.

    Confirmation

    One month prior to the course starting date, if that much advance time is available, you will receive written confirmation of your registration, as well as additional information regarding time, local lodging, and local transportation. You are responsible for your own lodging arrangements.

  • You may cancel your registration 30 days prior to the course start date with no penalty. Individuals who cancel within 30 days of the course start date will be assessed a 10% cancellation fee based on the cost of the course. Individuals who do not notify ORAU of cancellation and do not attend the course will be assessed a 20% cancellation fee.

    Cancellations must be communicated directly to the ORAU Professional Training Programs Registrar and a confirmation will be provided. Cancellation fees will be invoiced to participants after the completion of the course. If a course was paid in full at the time of registration, reimbursement (minus any applicable cancellation fee) will be processed after course completion.

    ORAU’s Professional Training Programs reserves the right to cancel or reschedule a course due to insufficient participants, or for other reasons beyond our control. If a course is canceled, you will be notified by phone or email one month prior to the start date of the course. No cancellation fee will be assessed for courses canceled by ORAU. If ORAU cancels the course, any payments received prior to the cancellation of the course will be refunded in full.

    ORAU does not recommend that participants make non-refundable travel arrangements prior to the one month cancellation window. ORAU is not liable for such costs if the course is canceled.

    Time Action Cancellation Fee
    ≥ 30 days before start date of the course ORAU cancels course or participant cancels registration None
    < 30 days before start date of the course Participant cancels registration 10% of course cost
    Week of course Participant does not attend and/or provide notification before start date of the course 20% of course cost
    1. From the airport, take US 129 N (Alcoa Highway) toward Knoxville for approximately 2.3 miles.
    2. Use the right lane to merge onto I-140 W via the ramp to Oak Ridge.
    3. Continue on I-140 W for approximately 11.4 miles. You will cross interstate I-40/I-75. As you cross the interstate continue onto TN-162 N (Pellissippi Parkway).
    4. In 5.9 miles, TN-162 N will merge with TN-62 W. You will travel through the small Solway community that primarily consists of gas stations and small stores. Continue over the Clinch River/Solway Bridge, and past a local cemetery that will be on the right.
    5. Stay in one of the left two lanes and continue another 6.3 miles to Oak Ridge.

    Directions to the training center:

    1. After you have crossed over the Clinch River/Solway Bridge and are next to the cemetery, you will see a sign that says “Bethel Valley Road ORNL Y12 Complex, CLOSED TO THROUGH TRAFFIC.” Our facility is located prior to the closure. Take the exit right onto Bethel Valley Road.
    2. In approximately 0.8 miles, the training center will be on the left at the intersection of Bethel Valley Road and Pumphouse Road (to the left) and Scarboro Road (to the right). Turn left onto Pumphouse Road. There will be two entrances immediately on the left into the parking lot.
    3. To enter the facility, walk around to the front of the building. The training center entrance faces Bethel Valley Road closest to the intersection.

    Google Earth coordinates of training facility: 35.983667 -84.222

  • Hotel Address Phone Distance
    Candlewood Suites* 10206 Parkside Drive, Knoxville 865.777.0400
    1.877.226.3539
    10 miles
    Comfort Inn 433 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge 865.481.8200
    1.800.228.5150
    2.5 miles
    Courtyard by Marriott 216 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.539.0600 9 miles
    Days Inn 206 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.483.5615
    1.800.329.7466
    3 miles
    Doubletree 215 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.481.2468
    1.800.222.TREE
    3 miles
    Hampton Inn 208 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.482.7889
    1.800.HAMPTON
    3 miles
    Holiday Inn Express* 114 Tulsa Road, Oak Ridge 1.888.465.4329 3.5 miles
    Homewood Suites by Hilton 10935 Turkey Drive, Knoxville 865.777.0375 10 miles
    Quality Inn 216 S. Rutgers Ave., Oak Ridge 865.483.6809 3 miles
    Residence Inn by Marriott* 215 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.539.5339 9 miles
    SpringHill Suites by Marriott 10955 Turkey Drive, Knoxville 865.966.8888 10 miles
    Staybridge Suites (Extended Stay)* 420 S. Illinois Ave., Oak Ridge 865.298.0050
    1.800.238.8000
    2.5 miles
    TownePlace Suites by Marriott* 205 Langley Place, Knoxville 865.693.5216 9 miles
    Westgate Apartments 101-O Gates Drive 865.481.0603 8 miles

    *Ask for the ORAU special rate.

    Airline Phone Number
    Allegiant Air 702.505.8888
    American Airlines 1.800.433.7300
    Delta Airlines 702.505.8888
    Frontier Airlines 801.401.9000
    United Airlines 1.800.864.8331
    McGhee Tyson Airport 865.342.3000
    Rental Car Agency Phone Number Reservations
    Alamo 865.342.3210 1.800.327.9633
    AVIS 865.342.3220 1.800.331.1212
    Budget Car Rental 865.342.3220 1.800.527.0700
    Dollar Car Rental 865.342.3250 1.800.366.2277
    Enterprise Rent-a-Car 865.342.1650 1.800.Rent.A.Car
    Enterprise Rent-a-Car, Oak Ridge 865.483.8494 1.800.325.8007
    Hertz 865.342.3232 1.800.654.3131
    National Car Rental 865.342.3240 1.800.227.7368

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
    Health Physics Statistics Course instructor and students in classroom

    What our students are saying

    “Very good review of statistical processes. The course also covered a broad range of applications of statistics.”

    “Instructors were very knowledgeable in this field, no question went unanswered. I would and will recommend this course.”

    “Refreshing, challenging; more educational than courses I've been to thus far in my career.”

    Contact us

    For more information about ORAU's Professsional Training Programs, contact:

    Registrar
    ORAU Professional Training Programs 
    P.O. Box 117, MS-11
    Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0117
    Phone: 865.576.3576
    Fax: 865.241.9152
    registrar@orau.org