Curriculum and Courses
Design and Content
Curriculum - the Medical Physics program includes faculty members who have primary appointments in fields such as radiobiology, physics, engineering, computer science, physiology, dentistry, genetics, and biochemistry. Students concentrate in research areas such as molecular biophysics, medical imaging, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy, radiobiology, radiation therapy physics, and mathematical biophysics and computation. Students prepare for employment as hospital-based medical physicists through a program that includes coursework, laboratory work, and directed study to provide experience in areas such as purchase specification, acceptance testing, quality assurance, and radiation safety.
Coursework is tailored to the needs of the individual student to the maximum extent possible, especially for Doctoral candidates. A committee of three faculty members is appointed for each student by the Director of Graduate Studies. This committee is responsible for planning the student’s program of study in accordance with the rules of the GraduateSchool of the University of Minnesota, and for monitoring the student’s progress.
Following is a list of the courses available to the student in the program.
Fall MPHY 5138. Research Seminar (1 cr)
Spring MPHY 5139. Seminar and Journal Club (1 cr)
Fall MPHY 5170. Basic Radiological Physics (3 cr)
Fall MPHY 5171. Medical and Health Physics of Imaging I (3 cr)
Fall MPHY 5172. Radiation Biology (3 cr)
Spring MPHY 5173. Medical and Health Physics of Radiation Therapy (3 cr)
Spring MPHY 5174. Medical and Health Physics of Imaging II (3 cr)
Spring MPHY 5177, Radiation Therapy Physics Lab: Radiation Physics Basics (3 cr)
Spring MPHY 8147. Advanced Physics of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (3 cr)
Spring MPHY 8148. Advanced Digital Imaging Science (3 cr)
Fall MPHY 8149. Advanced Topics in Radiation Therapy (2 cr)
Fall* PHYS 5401. Physics for Biology and Medicine I: Physiological Physics (4 cr)
Spring* PHYS 5402. Physics for Biology and Medicine II: Radiological Physics (4 cr)
Fall PHSL 5061. Principles of Physiology for Biomedical Engineering (4 cr)
Fall HINF 8405. Advanced Topics in Health Computer Sciences I (3 cr)
Spring HINF 8406. Advanced Topics in Health Computer Sciences II (3 cr)
Fall PUBH 5450. Biostatistics I (3 cr)
Spring PUBH 5452. Biostatistics II (4 cr)
/Summer PHAR 5201 Health Sciences Applied Terminology (2cr) (self paced online course)
Fall or Spring
Ethics seminar (1 lecture plus interactive examples plus the 10 hr ABR/ACR/RSNA/AAPM/ASTRO/ARR/ARS Online Modules on Ethics and Professionalism)
MPHY 8293 - Directed Study in Biophysical Sciences and Medical Physics (1.0 - 12.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-#; fall, spring, summer, every year). Individualized study under faculty direction.
MPHY 8294 - Directed Research in Biophysical Sciences and Medical Physics (1.0 - 12.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-#; fall, spring, summer, every year). Individualized research under faculty direction.
MPHY 8333 - FTE: Master's (1.0 cr); Prereq-Master's student, adviser and DGS consent; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
MPHY 8444 - FTE: Doctoral (1.0 cr; Prereq-Doctoral student, adviser and DGS consent; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
MPHY 8666 - Doctoral Pre-Thesis Credits (1.0 - 6.0 cr [max 12.0 cr]; Prereq-Doctoral student who has not passed prelim oral; no required consent for 1st/2nd registrations, up to 12 combined cr; % for 3rd/4th registrations, up to 24 combined cr; Doctoral student admitted before summer 2007 may register up to four times, up to 60 combined cr; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
MPHY 8777 - Thesis Credits: Master's (1.0 - 18.0 cr [max 50.0 cr]; Prereq-Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 10 cr total required [Plan A only]; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
MPHY 8888 - Thesis Credit: Doctoral (1.0 - 24.0 cr [max 100.0 cr]; Prereq-Max 18 cr per semester or summer; 24 cr required; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
GRAD 999 - GraduateSchool Active Status
(0.0 cr; Prereq-Grad student; No Grade, fall, spring, summer, every year)
GraduateSchool active status.
* Offered only in odd numbered years. These courses or transferred equivalent are required.
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has published guidance criteria for what constitutes baseline topics for a practicing Medical Physicist under the aegis of Task Group 197 (http://www.aapm.org/pubs/reports/RPT_197.pdf). Accreditation of a graduate program for the purpose of allowing students to sit for professional boards include minimal compliance with these recommendations as listed below. The accrediting organization is the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP).