Master of Science in Medical Physics Curriculum

Medical physics faculty review scansLearning Outcomes

Upon completion of the ScM Program in Medical Physics, student will:

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of topics in medical physics, including imaging and therapy
  • Demonstrate proficiency in presenting a poster presentation, oral presentation, at a local or national medical physics meeting.
  • Pass the American Board of Radiology Part I exam
  • Contribute to at least 2 faculty projects.
  • Perform research successfully as evidenced by the completion of a strong thesis project that will be presented at the annual AAPM meeting

Program Requirements


  • Students must complete the Responsibility Conduct or Research module 
  • Students must complete the RSNA Ethics in Graduate and Resident Education module
  • Students must complete all courses in the curriculum 
  • Students must earn grades of B or better in all courses
    • All courses must be taken for a grade
    • Credit will only be given for graduate-level courses taken at Brown


  • Students must become a student member of the AAPM ($50 per year; the program will pay the fee for students who need financial assistance)
  • Students must choose a thesis advisor before the start of second semester.  In turn the thesis advisor must declare their commitment.
  • Students must submit final thesis, present work as a seminar, and pass final oral examination by Thesis Committee

 Curriculum Outline and Course Sequencing

Year/Semester Required Courses Course Units
Year 1 – Fall Image-Based Anatomy .5
Radiological Physics and Dosimetry 1
Radiation Protection and Instrumentation 1
Computational Medical Physics .5
Year 1 - Spring Medical Bioinformatics 1
Radiation Therapy Physics 1
Physics of Medical Imaging 1
Summer Project or Elective Course TBD
Year 2 – Fall Research Semester 2.5
Year 2 - Spring Nuclear Medicine .5
Advanced Therapy Physics .5
MR Imaging, Ultrasound Imaging, Interventional Techniques 1
Radiation Biology .5

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