UN 0805 – Introduction to Operational Health Physics

2014 Version – updates will be posted as they become available


  April 26 & 27, 2014
  May 10 & 11, 2014
  May 24 & 25, 2014
  June 7 & 8, 2014
 Start Time:

  8:30 a.m.

  Lecturer Theatre
  Durham College – Whitby Campus
 1610 Champlain Avenue,  Whitby, ON, L1N 6A7



  • Final date to Register – May 9, 2014
  • Last day to Drop Course – May 9, 2014

Course Description:

An introduction to a number of topics that will be encountered in the practice of health physics. The following topics will be discussed: Dose limitation; dosimetric quantities for individuals and populations; ioinzing radiation risks and hazards; ICRP-60; internal doses and the compartment model; derived air concentrations and annual limit on intake; metabolic models for respiratory system and GI tract, radiation safety at nuclear reactors, particle accelerators, irradiators, X-Ray installations and laboratories; pathway analysis; derived release limits; environmental monitoring, sample collection and preparation, and sources of radiation; atmospheric transport; cost-benefit analysis; derivation of limits for surface contamination.

Prerequisite: Registration in the UNENE M.Eng. or UNENE Diploma Program

Lecturer: Dave Tucker,Dave Tucker
Senior Health Physicist
Health Physics Department
Nuclear Research Building
McMaster University
Ph: (905) 525-9140 X 24099
Fx: (905) 528-4339

Course Text: Handbook of Health Physics and Radiological Health, Third Edition. ISBN 0-683-18334-6, Available from the McMaster Book Store as a reprint for $60. This is supplemented by course notes, overheads and handouts.

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