Health and Medical Physics Research

Health and Medical Physics Research

The Health Physics program at Bloomsburg University offers opportunities for students to be involved in research in a variety of fields, including environmental monitoring of radioactive materials and medical physics.   Under the guidance of Dr. David Simpson, each year at least one student has worked on a project at the Radiation Oncology Department of Geisinger Medical Center. Many of our Health Physics students are  interested in Medical Health Physics, which is currently a fast growing field.

In 2011, Naz Afarin Fallahian, Ph.D., established a collaborative research with Biology Department to study the biological effects of radiation on live skin cells. This project has already involved total of four graduate and undergraduate students from both Biology and Physics Departments.

With the installation of the EPA RadNet radioactivity monitoring system on the roof of the Andruss Library, we anticipate more program-related projects at the University. There are about 130 RadNet stations including two others in Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh and Philadelphia).  These stations provide real time information on radiation levels throughout the USA and also collect particulate air samples.  The information from our system is available online on the EPA RadNET webpage

Radon monitoring in our area is another subject for our student research projects. The Health Physics Laboratory is equipped with all the instruments that are required for measuring radon concentration in air.

Many of our students present results of their research using travel grants from the Health Physics Society.