Programs and Curriculum

The Medical Physics graduate program leads to an MS or PhD degree in Medical Physics.

The program’s goal is to provide a sound academic foundation and practical experience for those planning to pursue a career in research, teaching or clinical medical physics in either of the subspecialty areas of medical imaging physics, therapeutic radiation physics or nuclear medicine physics.

Graduates are prepared for careers in these subspecialties or the continuation of their education in a postgraduate or residency program.

The Medical Physics program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs, CAMPEP. To matriculate in the accredited program, CAMPEP requires that entering students have either an undergraduate physics major or a strong physics minor with at least three upper-level advanced physics courses as required of physics majors.

The program of study includes core academic courses and practical training which takes place in a hospital environment.

Graduate students from basic science and engineering academic departments at UB with acceptable credentials may also participate in the research program; these departments include the Physics Department, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, the Department of Electrical Engineering, the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and the Physiology and Biophysics Department.

While meeting all the standard requirements of that department, they pursue research and practical training within the Medical Physics program. The research will lead to a master's degree in Medical Physics and/or doctoral degrees in the Medical Physics program or in the host department. These topics will generally be in the fields of diagnostic and interventional imaging physics, therapeutic radiation physics, nuclear medicine physics or biomedical engineering.