Information for Current Students
Graduate work in the UW Medical Physics Department prepares students for professional positions in teaching, research and clinical physics service in medical centers, national laboratories, universities, and governmental regulatory agencies.
The link to "Course Descriptions" will show the department teaches an extensive breadth of medical physics knowledge. Programs of study lead to the Master of Science (M.S.) and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Medical Physics. The program is planned so the student may emphasize General Medical Physics (GMP), Image Science (IS), or Health Physics (HP). The "Course Sequences" link describes typical programs of study for each. All students are expected to take the "Qualifier" exam at the end of their first year of graduate studies.
The M.S. in Medical Physics with the General Medical Physics or Health Physics emphasis is a valuable and worthwhile terminal degree that provides access to many employment opportunities in the field. The Ph.D. is primarily a research degree that extends the depth of knowledge in a specialty area. Both M.S. and Ph.D. students benefit from the expanding array of opportunities available in Clinical Physics Training.