The Department of Physics offers the Professional Science Master in Medical Physics (PSMMP) degree. The PSMMP is a Professional MS innovative program that develops advanced scientific knowledge and professional skills. It is interdisciplinary and provides hands-on learning through on the site training. It aims to engage students with professional goals and help them become scientists uniquely suited to the 21st-century workplace.
Medical Physics is an applied branch of physics devoted to the application of concepts and methods from physics to the diagnosis, treatment of human disease, planning and development of treatment equipment. A qualified Medical Physicist is competent to practice independently one or more of the subfields (tracks) of medical physics.
The PSMMP is a 41 credit hours program (plus the 3 credits prerequisite course). It provides professional training, in partnership with area hospitals, and focuses on the Radiation Therapy track that absorbs ~75% of Medical Physicists. Typical duration is two years.
Medical Physics 2018 Meetings (pdf)
PSMMP Statistics 2010-2017 (pdf.)
Medical Physics Brochure (pdf.)
Student Training Photos (pdf.)
Student Publications 2017 (pdf.)
2017 Fall Seminars (pdf.)
PSMMP Faculty (pdf.)
Advisory Board (pdf.)
A BS or BA in Physics. Candidates with a BS in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, or Engineering with a minor in Physics are considered. At least a 3.0 (of a 4.0 maximum) grade point average (GPA) in Science and Mathematics, courses. Have taken the general portion of the GRE. No minimum score is required (or equivalent). Scores must be no more than five years old.
PCB 3703. Human Morphology and Function 1 (3 credits). Normal structure and physiology of the human skeletal, muscle and nervous systems.
The Department of Physics offers the Certificate in Medical Physics for Ph.D. holders. This certificate is a 15 credit hours program offered by a CAMPEP-accredited program (Commission Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs). It is designed to provide the essential didactic elements of medical physics to Ph.D. holders seeking to pursue an alternative pathway to medical physics residency. It is intended to enable individuals with a doctoral degree in physics or a related discipline to meet the didactic requirements needed to enter a CAMPEP-accredited residency program. Students enrolled in the Certificate program may also register for Part I of the American Board of Radiology board exam in Medical Physics.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Physics or a related discipline (physical sciences, mathematics or engineering). Applicants are also required to have successfully completed or must be enrolled in an independent course in anatomy/physiology when they begin the Certificate program.
Prof. Theodora Leventouri is the director of the Professional Science Master in Medical Physics (PSMMP) program.