Degree Name

Master of Public Administration

Department or Program

Political Science


Burnside, Randolph


Almost every man, woman, and child in America has used a cell phone at some point in time. Cell phones make staying connected more than just a phrase. They make almost all forms of communication possible. However, the grisly reality about cell phones is, they emit radiation. The source of the radiation is the phones’ antenna. Although thought to be harmless to humans, the type of radiation they emit is under investigation for causing adverse effects on human health. In 2001, peer–reviewed research findings on cell phone radiation brought to the attention of the World Health Organization caused the organization to increase the threat level of the radiation emitted by these devices. To date, there is no consensus among researchers as to whether cell phones are harmful to human health or not. Research conducted by the cellular industry refutes a link to adverse health effects, while independent research studies confirm a link. Currently, US regulatory agencies are getting the brunt of the backlash as damaging information about the devices’ testing practices, radiation exposure limit, and manufacturer usage suggestions come to the forefront. Although no conclusive evidence has been established yet, a perceived threat to consumer safety has forced policy makers into action. This research attempts to answer the following question:

Research Question: What actions have the US Government taken to limit the threat of adverse effects to human health associated with cell phone radiation exposure?