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 6000 0 CU
Intro to Radiation Protection MPHY 6010 .5 CU
Physics of Medical Imaging MPHY 6020 / BE 5830 1 CU
Image-Based Anatomy MPHY 6030 1 CU
Radiological Physics MPHY 6040 1 CU
Year 1 Spring    
Professional Development Seminar MPHY 6000 0 CU
Medical Ethics & Government Regulation MPHY 6050 .5 CU
Physics of Radiation Therapy MPHY 6060 1 CU
Radiation Biology MPHY 6070 1 CU
Distribution Course e.g., MPHY 6080 1 CU
Year 1 Summer    
Clinical Practicum MPHY 7000 1 CU
Year 2 Fall    
Thesis I / Lab Rotation MPHY 9900 / BE 9990 1 CU
Distribution Course e.g., MPHY 6090 / BE 5370 1 CU
Distribution Course e.g., MPHY 6100 1 CU
Bioengineering Seminar BE 6990 .5 CU
Year 2 Spring    
Thesis II / Lab Rotation MPHY 9910 / BE 9990 1 CU
Distribution Course e.g., MPHY 6110 1 CU
Distribution Course   1 CU
Bioengineering Seminar BE 6990 .5 CU
Year 2 Summer    
Qualifications Evaluation for PhD research    
Year 3 and Beyond    
Dissertation research and any further distribution courses BE 9990 Variable CUs

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

Doctoral Dissertation Status

BE 9950 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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