Radiation Health Officer
The Naval Undersea Medical Institute is the only training site authorized to provide the initial training in Radiation Health. The Radiation Health Officer (RHO) Course enables Medical Service Corps officers to successfully manage Navy Radiation Health Programs ashore and afloat. Graduates will have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide administrative and operational expertise in support of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion (NNPP), Nuclear Weapons, Medical/Dental, and Industrial Radiological Controls Programs.
Learning Objectives of the course encompass:
- Radiological Fundamentals
- Radiological Control (Radcon) Measures
- Training within the Radcon Programs
- Medical Surveillance for Radiation Workers
- Program Administration
- Casualty Response/Decontamination
- Medical Radiation Safety Officer Qualifications
Radiation Health Officers and Radiation Specialists serve throughout the world in a wide variety of assignments including operational support on nuclear powered aircraft carriers (CVN), shipyards, submarine support units, Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF), medical research activities, training centers, executive leadership positions, and more.
Radiation Health and safety experts are responsible for all aspects of the occupational radiation protection programs at NNPP, industrial, and medical treatment facilities, ensuring compliance with Navy, Department of Defense, and Federal radiation exposure regulations:
- Exposure monitoring program
- Medical surveillance
- Training of personnel
- Documentation, Submission, and Retention of Reports
Senior Officers provide leadership and management of Navy's Radiation Safety Program, holding key positions on the Naval Radiation Safety Committee. RHO's provide nonionizing radiation leadership in the Department of Defense (DoD) and our officers fill many key positions on DoD R/F and laser safety committees, in addition to national standards committees.
RHOs occupy positions in scientific research and academia, e.g. at the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute, RHO's support radiological physics and operational health physics research.
Junior and mid-grade RHO positions require a minimum of a bachelor's degree in science or mathematics and additional Navy training. Radiation Specialists and senior Radiation Health Officer positions require a minimum of a master's degree in science or mathematics, with professional board certification strongly recommended.