School of Health Sciences

The School of Health Sciences’ (HSCI) beginnings date back to 1942 when Professor John Christian became the first to apply radioisotopes to pharmaceutical research and medical treatment. He started a legacy of innovative research which has been the trademark of Purdue’s School of Health Sciences for decades. HSCI faculty (14 tenure tracked) have been on the leading edge of discovery in two major areas of human health sciences: Public Health Sciences (Environmental Toxicology, Occupational Health, and Epidemiology) and Radiological Health Sciences (Medical Imaging, Radiotherapy, and Health Physics). Our faculty work to understand chronic diseases in the area of neurology (i.e., Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Autism) and cancer, where novel and advanced instrumentation provides cutting edge translational research, such as the newly formed Life Sciences 3t MRI Facility. Such innovative research provides our students with: cutting edge resources; access to internationally-renown professors; and a dynamic university community which prepares them for successful careers as tomorrow’s leaders in health sciences. Moreover, our innovative research has placed HSCI in the forefront as we confront global health challenges.

HSCI offers high powered, nationally-recognized programs that prepare undergraduate students (567 students) for a professional education in medicine, dentistry, optometry, occupational/physical therapy, or health-related graduate programs. HSCI has one of the largest (405 students) pre-professional programs on campus. Graduates are well-prepared to enter the workforce as leaders for challenging and high paying opportunities with great growth potential. Our well-established educational opportunities combine broad science training with a strong focus on disease diagnosis and prevention. HSCI undergraduates enter the workforce ready to perform scientific laboratory analyses, promote the safe use of radiation in industry and medicine, identify and control environmental and workplace hazards, and more. Our Radiological Health Science program provides (professional) tracks in Health Physics (Radiation Protection) and pre-Medical Physics where there are roughly 4 jobs available for every graduate and starting salaries averaging around $75K/yr. Our Industrial Hygiene program (also known as Occupational Health) is the only ABET-accredited program in the country offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our undergraduate medical lab sciences program allows graduates to become ASCP-certified/licensed prior to graduation. Recent graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate on the ASCP exam and 100% job placement with starting salaries near $50K/yr.

Graduate degree programs (Ph.D. and M.S.) include Medical Physics, Health Physics, Industrial Hygiene, Environmental Health, and Toxicology. Our Environmental Toxicology program has produced highly successful researchers, government regulators, and entrepreneurs for nearly 50 years. Our CAMPEP-accredited Medical Physics graduate program is jointly administered by the Indiana University School of Medicine where students who obtain certification after completing the 4+1 Program have starting salaries near $140K/yr. HSCI currently has 50 graduate students.

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