Department of Physics

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Medical Physics Program

Our program will be ending in 2025, and is no longer accepting students.


Curriculum of the 2-years 41-credits URI-RIH program in Medical Physics, which offers M.S. in Medical Physics

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Required Courses Credits
Pre-requisites:  BIO220(3)+BIO(222) (1); BIO221 (3) + BIO223 (1); PHY210 (1);  or equivalents  
F-1 ELE564 /ELE565 (4) PHY540 (3) PHY550 (3)   10
S-1 PHY545 (3) or PHY560 (3) PHY565 (3) or PHY585 (4) PHY552 (3) PHY591 (5) 14 or 15
F-2 PHY555 (4)   PHY590 (3)   4 + 3 research
S-2 PHY560 (3) or PHY545 (3) PHY585 (4) or PHY565 (3) PHY590 (3)   7 or 6 + 3 research
Total number of credits 41


PHY210 (1)           Radiation Safety (suggested to take on F-1 or before entering the program)

BIO 220-222 (4)   Human Anatomy (Lecture + Lab) (suggested to take during summer or before entering the program)

BIO221-223 (4)    Introductory Human Physiology (Lecture + Lab) (suggested to take during summer or before entering the program)

Required graduate courses

PHY540 (3)        Modern Biological Physics

PHY545 (3)         Nanotechnology in Imaging and Therapy (Odd years)

PHY550 (3)        Introduction to Radiation Physics and Dosimetry

PHY552 (3)         Radiobiology

PHY555* (4)         Radiation Oncology Clinical Practicum

PHY560 (3)         Experimental Methods in Physics (Even years)

PHY565 (3)         Radiation Detection, Instrumentation and Data Analysis (Odd years)

ELE564/565(4)  Medical Imaging (Lecture + Lab)

PHY585 (4)         Advanced Clinical Medical Imaging (Even years)

PHY591 (5)         Advanced Radiation Therapy Physics


PHY590 (6)        Research Project at RIH or URI


*PHY555 will be given at RIH

Students need to complete and submit to the Graduate School the following forms:

 Program of Study” form should be submitted in Spring of the 1st year: A template for the two year MS program can be found here.

Nomination for Graduation” form should be submitted in Spring of the 2nd year:

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Learn the theory of radiation interactions with matter.
  • Learn the methods used to deliver radiation therapy to cancer patients.
  • Understand the principles behind devices used in medical imaging, including the theoretical basis, device operation, image analysis and clinical experience observations.
  • Learn about biological applications of physics, nanotechnology and radiation.
  • Conduct research in medical applications of physics.


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