We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.
We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.
This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.
This minor is designed for our university undergraduates who may want to increase their knowledge in radiation protection science to better position them in the Ontario nuclear industry job market.
Refurbishment and decommissioning of nuclear facilities and nuclear power plants scheduled for the coming decades will bring with it an increasing need for all employees in this industrial sector and associated regulators to have an enhanced appreciation and awareness of radiation protection and health physics practices and the underlying scientific basis of these practices.
The purpose of the minor is to provide the fundamentals of radiation protection science related to applied nuclear technology and the medical applications of ionizing radiation. Topics covered in this minor include interaction of radiation with matter, radiation detection, dosimetry, biophysics, shielding, radioisotopes, medical applications of radiation, and environmental effects of radiation.
Students can enter the minor in Health Physics after second year as long as they have a cumulative GPA ≥ 2.7 and are in enrolled in a science, health science or engineering major.
To obtain a minor in Health Physics, a student must take six courses (18 credit hours) from the list given below (four required core courses and two electives). A maximum of two courses may be taken as part of a student’s major program of study.
A cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 in the minor courses is required to successfully complete the Health Physics minor.