Radiation Health

The Radiation Health Department of NUMI is responsible for the initial radiation health training of Undersea Medical Officer Candidates (UMOC), Radiation Health Officers (RHO), Submarine Force Independent Duty Corpsman (IDC) and Radiation Health Technicians (RHT) in the United States Navy. NUMI is also the home of the Navy's only Radiation Health Indoctrination (RHI) program. To find out more about these courses, click on the Course Catalog to the left.

UMOCs

UMOCs receive an introduction to Radiological Fundamentals and Radiological Controls followed by extensive training on Radiation Medical Examinations and Radiation Health Program Administration. At the end of the Radiation Health Phase of training, students are required to pass a comprehensive final examination followed by an oral board.

RHO

RHOs receive the initial training necessary to manage Navy Radiation Health Programs in support of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, Nuclear Weapons, Medical/Dental, and Industrial Radiological Controls Programs. Instruction is provided in Radiological Fundamentals, Radiological Controls, Personnel Dosimetry, Medical Surveillance, Medical Casualty Response, Radiation Health Administration, Computer Science, and Radiation Safety in Naval Medical Facilities. At the end of a 5 week session, RHO students are required to pass a comprehensive final examination followed by an oral board.

  • medically qualified
  • current security clearance: secret
  • deployable worldwide upon graduation

RHT

RHTs receive the initial training necessary to provide technical assistance for the management of Navy Radiation Health Programs in support of Naval Nuclear Propulsion, Nuclear Weapons, Medical/Dental, and Industrial Radiological Controls Programs. Instruction is provided in Radiological Fundamentals, Radiological Controls, Personnel Dosimetry, Medical Surveillance, Medical Casualty Response, Radiation Health Administration, Computer Science, and Radiation Safety in Naval Medical Facilities. RHT students are required to pass a comprehensive final examination at the end of 9 weeks of training.

Prerequisites for RHT training

  • medically qualified
  • current security clearance: secret
  • deployable worldwide upon graduation

IDC

Submarine Force IDCs receive the training necessary to manage a Radiation Health Program aboard a nuclear powered submarine. Instruction is provided in Radiological Fundamentals, Radiological Controls, Personnel Dosimetry, Medical Surveillance, Casualty Response, Radiation Health Administration, Computer Science, Mathematics, Personnel Training, and Radiation Safety at Naval Medical Facilities. At the end of 9 weeks of didactic and laboratory training, students are required to pass a final comprehensive examination. Students then begin a radiation health mentorship program, concurrent with medicine training, which simulates an operational radiation health program that is evaluated by an ORSE during the final evaluation phase.

Prerequisites for IDC radiation health phase of training

  • current security clearance: secret

RHI

The Radiation Health Indoctrination course is a one week class that provides basic instruction in Radiation Health essential for support of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program. It is designated for Medical Department personnel, military and civilian, assigned to nuclear powered ships, nuclear weapons capable ships, or selected maintenance facilities.

Prerequisite for RHI training

  • U.S. Citizen