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Medical Physics

Medical Physics is a specific field which integrates principles of physics, engineering, and biomedical sciences for clinical applications in medical imaging, radiation therapy, and nuclear medicine. Students graduating from the Medical Physics program may have opportunities to develop therapeutic techniques for cancer treatment, to design treatment plans with oncologists for radiation therapy, and to calibrate and maintain imaging or therapeutic instruments, such as MRI systems, PET imaging system, X-ray CT instruments and radiation therapy devices.

Over the past few decades, the required training for a career in medical physics has become more demanding and specialized. As a result, today only students graduating from an accredited medical physics program are eligible to take the American Board of Radiology (ABR) exam and to apply to for medical physics residency programs.

The MS program in Medical Physics is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in biomedical engineering or other engineering field who seek specialization in medical physics; for students with an undergraduate degree in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Chemistry or other fields of natural or health science who seek to diversify their career opportunities by acquiring specialization in medical physics; and for professional engineers with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines who want to enter the field of medical physics. The MS program is also a starting point for students who aim to pursue doctoral degrees in Medical Physics.

The objective of the Medical Physics program at the University of Miami is to provide advanced knowledge in the field of therapeutic medical physics and to provide other required training as well for students to enter Medical Physics Residency programs and eventually become licensed medical physicists. Graduates from this program are prepared for successful careers in the clinic, industry, or government. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of Medical Physics engineers is projected to grow 8% from 2014-2024.

The MS program in Medical Physics is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP). The program is coordinated by the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The Medical Physics program is not a separate degree program. Students who complete the Medical Physics program receive their MS degree in Biomedical Engineering.

The Medical Physics curriculum was designed to provide students with the technical and intellectual skills required for successful careers in therapeutic medical physics.

The Medical Physics Graduate Program is an accredited graduate program approved by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP).

The Certificate Program in Medical Physics is a non-degree seeking accredited program approved by the CAMPEP.

For information about ongoing research projects, please refer to each primary faculty’s web-page under the Department of Radiation Oncology.