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Medical Physics Graduate Program

Among the graduate programs offered at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison is medical physics.


Medical physics is a branch of applied physics using concepts and methods of physics to help diagnose and treat human disease. The Department of Medical Physics offers graduate training and education in radiological physics and medical imaging. Faculty conduct research in biomagnetism, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), PET, ultrasound imaging, radiation dosimetry, tomotherapy, brachytherapy and radiation therapy physics.


One of the basic science departments of the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the Department of Medical Physics offers comprehensive training in diagnostic and therapeutic medical physics and in health physics.


An MS or PhD from this department reflects strong scholarship in one of the top medical physics programs in the United States. Graduates are prepared for teaching, research and clinical physics positions in medical centers, national laboratories and universities, and in the medical and nuclear technology industries.


The Department of Medical Physics seeks to create new applications of physics and apply them to treating and diagnosing human disease. These efforts focus on basic science, anatomy and  physiology where the analogies include the subspecialties of basic science, image science and therapy.


We have faculty with extensive research efforts in:

  • Ultrasonic imaging
  • Conventional
  • Digital and transaxial radiography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Spectroscopy and functional determination
  • Positron emission tomography and radio-tracer development
  • Multidimensional radiation treatment and treatment planning
  • Radiation dosimetry and biology
  • Magnetic field determinations for human functionality

We strive to provide excellence in medical physics training to our graduate students and to other health care professionals.


Medical physics faculty maintain close collaborative ties with faculty in other departments, including human oncology, radiology, cardiology and pharmacology, broadening the scope of the research opportunities open to medical physics students and providing access to sophisticated clinical facilities.





Medical Physics Graduate Program
Last updated: 01/19/2011
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