Medical Physics Graduate Programs

PhD in Bioengineering - Medical Physics Track Coordinated Degree

The innovative PhD in Bioengineering - Medical Physics Track Coordinated Degree allows you to pursue the PhD in Bioengineering from the School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) and simultaneously receive clinical training through the Perelman School of Medicine’s (PSOM) Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs (CAMPEP) accredited Medical Physics program.  Upon completion of the doctoral degree in bioengineering (with CAMPEP core courses), you will be eligible to apply for a medical physics residency and take the American Board of Radiology (ABR) certification exams.

The PhD in Bioengineering - Medical Physics Track Coordinated Degree prepares you to work in academic and professional careers in health physics, physical science, radiation science, medical physics, radiation biology, and radiation safety. Whether you desire to work in academia, government, industry, medicine, research & development or utilities, the Coordinated Degree provides a robust foundation and training for in-demand careers in the radiological sciences.  

Curriculum

With a specialized curriculum in physics, biology, bioengineering, mathematics, and medicine, the PhD in Bioengineering - Medical Physics Track Coordinated Degree  leverages the interdisciplinary expertise across Penn.  

Here is a typical plan of study for the Coordinated Degree:

Year 1 Fall    
Professional Development Seminar MPHY 600 0 CU
Intro to Radiation Protection MPHY 601 .5 CU
Physics of Medical Imaging MPHY 602 / BE 583 1 CU
Image-Based Anatomy MPHY 603 1 CU
Radiological Physics MPHY 604 1 CU
Year 1 Spring    
Professional Development Seminar MPHY 600 0 CU
Medical Ethics & Government Regulation MPHY 605 .5 CU
Physics of Radiation Therapy MPHY 606 1 CU
Radiation Biology MPHY 607 1 CU
Distribution Course e.g., MPHY 608 1 CU
Year 1 Summer    
Clinical Practicum MPHY 700 1 CU
Year 2 Fall    
Thesis I / Lab Rotation MPHY 990 / BE 999 1 CU
Distribution Course e.g., MPHY 609 / BE 537 1 CU
Distribution Course e.g., MPHY 610 1 CU
Bioengineering Seminar BE 699 .5 CU
Year 2 Spring    
Thesis II / Lab Rotation MPHY 991 / BE 999 1 CU
Distribution Course e.g., MPHY 611 1 CU
Distribution Course   1 CU
Bioengineering Seminar BE 699 .5 CU
Year 2 Summer    
Qualifications Evaluation for PhD research    
Year 3 and Beyond    
Dissertation research and any further distribution courses BE 999 Variable CUs

BE Thesis Proposal, Selected BE Fundamentals (if necessary), 

Doctoral Dissertation Status

BE 995 Variable CUs
Final Exam / Dissertation Defense    

Funding

Students accepted into the PhD in Bioengineering - Medical Physics Track Coordinated Degree are fully funded including tuition, fees, health insurance, and a stipend.  

Admissions

Applicants must apply simultaneously to the Bioengineering doctoral program in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and the Master of Science in Medical Physics program in the Perelman School of Medicine by the stated deadlines (i.e., applicants must complete separate applications for admission) and must earn admission to both programs.

Visit the MSMP Admission Process and Application Requirements page for details and to apply. 

Please note: Applicants who have completed or will be completing a master's degree in medical physics from a CAMPEP-accredited program are not eligible for the PhD in Bioengineering - Medical Physics Track Coordinated Degree program.  Instead, they should apply to the Bioengineering doctoral program


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