Radiation Biology/Radiobiology is a major program that prepares people to research and study the health effects of ionizing radiation on living things. Primarily, the health effects/detriments of radiation ‘treatments’ in medical science at multiple levels (cellular-tissue-systems, etc.)
A major program in radiation biology/radiobiology likely includes instruction in particle physics, ionization, and biophysics of radiation perturbations, cellular and organismic repair systems, genetic and pathological effects of radiation, and the measurement of radiation dosages.
Search for colleges that offer a degree in Radiation Biology/Radiobiology (use the College Search feature and enter " Radiation Biology/Radiobiology " in the major search field). Read the school’s department pages, they are often loaded with useful and specific information about the field.
What can you do with a major/degree in Radiation Biology/Radiobiology Studies?
Work as a radiobiologist is basically laboratory-based working with research groups to perform and study experiments. Work environment may be government, academia, or industry based. In addition, individuals may work as a medical physicist, radiation biologist, nuclear medicine technologist and radiation therapist. All these professionals work within the medical field, using radiotechnology to treat patients.
Trade Associations and Professional Organizations in Radiation Biology/Radiobiology Studies:
Professional associations are groups of specialists dedicated to topics in particular fields. Professional associations provide a wealth of online resources, some of which are geared specifically towards students. These organizations typically also host conferences and events, providing great opportunities for learning and networking across your field of interest.
- American Society for Radiation Oncology
- Association for Directors of Radiation Oncology Programs (DROP)
- Society of Chairs of Academic Radiation Oncology Programs (SCAROP)
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