MS in Biomedical Engineering – Medical Physics Program

Objective

The MS in Biomedical Engineering - Medical Physics Program 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 develop therapeutic techniques for cancer treatment, collaborate with radiation oncologists to design treatment plans 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.

Only students graduating from an accredited medical physics program, such as ours, are eligible to take the American Board of Radiology (ABR) exam and to apply to for medical physics residency programs or apply to become a licensed medical physicist.

The MS in Biomedical Engineering - Medical Physics Program 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 medical physics program 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.

Industry Advisory Board

The MS program is informed by an industry advisory board with significant experience in medical device companies, biotech startups and others with a unique perspective on trend impacting medical physics. To view the MS in Biomedical Engineering - Medical Physics Program advisory board, please click here.

Curriculum

Students enrolled in the medical physics program must successfully complete 27 course credits and a three-credit independent design or research project (BME 706). The topic of the project must be related to medical physics.

Design or research project

Course # Title Credits
BME 706 Master's Design Project II 3

Unified Medical Sciences – 6 credits

Course # Title Credits
BME 602 Unified Medical Sciences II 3

And either

Course # Title Credits
BME 601 Unified Medical Sciences I 3
BME 603 Unified Medical Sciences III 3

Required Courses – 22 Credits

Course # Title Credits
BME 620 Medical Imaging Systems 3
BME 681 Radiation Biology and Physics 3
BME 682 Radiation Therapy 3
BME 683 Radiation Protection 3
BME 729 Advanced Medical Imaging 3
BME 781 Radiation Dosimetry and Physics 3
BME 783 Radiation Therapy Clinical Rotation 3
BME 784 Medical Physics Journal Club 3
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