Health physics or The Physics of Radiation Protection is the science concerned with the recognition, evaluation, and control of health hazards to permit the safe use and application of ionizing radiation. Health physics professionals promote excellence in the science and practice of radiation protection and safety. Health physicists principally work at facilities where radionuclides or ionizing radiation are used or produced; such as medical institutions, government laboratories, academic and research institutions, nuclear power plants, regulatory agencies and manufacturing plants.
Health Physics is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Its scope includes research into radiation safety and healthcare applications. It is the official journal of the Health Physics Society. It was established in 1958 and it is edited by Michael T. Ryan.
Operational Radiation Safety is published as a quarterly supplement to Health Physics.