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The Washington University Master of Science in Medical Physics degree program is built on approved Graduate Certificate CAMPEP-accredited courses through which students will become familiar with the major texts and literature in the area of medical physics, will be exposed to a wide array of radiation treatment techniques and quality control procedures, as well as perform cutting edge research with renowned researchers. These experiences will equip students with the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to further their career in medical physics.

Graduates of the program will:

  • have an understanding of the role of patient safety in clinical physics,
  • have the necessary physical and scientific background for a career in medical physics
  • use research and inquiry to acquire knowledge
  • gain the ability to critically evaluate research and scholarship
  • pose new questions and solve problems in medical physics

The program will also help develop the professional and interpersonal skills necessary for success in a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment. Compared to more traditional medical physics programs, our program has adopted the AAPM’s philosophy of medical physics 3.0, which is based on developing intelligent tools and designing smart machines for the future of precision medicine. Our program has been developed based on anticipated future needs of medical physics and medical applications of physics. A student is introduced to didactic knowledge of machine learning, artificial intelligence tools, and their applications to various areas of medical physics and patient care.
The objectives of the M.S. in Medical Physics program are:

  • To equip students with sufficient theoretical and practical background knowledge in medical physics to enable entry into CAMPEP-accredited clinical residency programs
  • To prepare students for careers in academic medical physics by exposing them to cutting-edge research and state-of-the-art technology during the 2 years in our master’s degree program

This Master of Science in Medical Physics program is offered through the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Washington University School of Medicine. The program is led by Program Director Michael Altman, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, and Assistant Program Director Tiezhi Zhang, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology.

This M.S. program is in the process of applying for CAMPEP accreditation; updates will be posted.

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