Program Courses

Core Courses

MP 500 Radiation physics (3 c.h.)
MP 505 Anatomy and physiology for medical physicists (3 c.h.)
MP 507 Radiation biology (1 c.h.)
MP 530 Diagnostic medical physics (3 c.h.)
MP 710 Radiation protection (3 c.h.)
MP 722 Radiation therapy physics (3 c.h.)

Shadowing

MP 781.1 Clinical shadowing of medical physicists (1 c.h.)
MP 781.2 Clinical shadowing of medical physicists (UNC; 1 c.h.)

Professionalism

MP 751.1 Research topics in medical physics (1 c.h.)
MP 751.2 Academic development for medical physicists (1 c.h.)
MP 751.3 Professional development for medical physicists (1 c.h.)
MP 751.4 Frontier research topics in medical physics (1 c.h.)

Advanced Topics

MP 542/BME 542 Principles of ultrasound imaging (3 c.h.)
MP 714 Clinical dosimetry measurements (1 c. h.)
MP 715 Advanced topics in radiation detection and dosimetry (1 c.h.)
MP 722 Advanced radiation therapy physics (3 c.h.)
MP 723 SRS and SBRT (3 c.h.)
MP 724 Clinical dosimetry and commissioning (1 c.h.) 
MP 725 Brachytherapy and TBI/TSI (3 c.h.)
MP 726 Advanced topics/Monte Carlo methods in medical physics (1-3 c.h.)
MP 732 Advanced ionizing-based imaging (3 c.h.)
MP 734 Advanced non-ionizing-based imaging (3 c.h.)
MP 743 Concepts of internal radiation dosimetry (1 c.h)
MP 745 Advanced topics in nuclear medicine (3 c.h.)
MP 746 Radiopharmaceutical chemistry (1 c.h.)
MP 761 Fundamentals of biostatistics (3 c.h.) 
MP 762 Data science (3 c.h.)
MP 763 Advanced radiation biology (1 c.h.)
MP 764 Fundamentals of radiomics, genomics and informatics (3 c.h.)
MP 791 Independent study in medical physics (1-3 c.h.)

Advanced Practicums

MP 782 Advanced clinical practicum (3 c.h.)
MP 783 Advanced academic practicum (3 c.h.)
MP 784 Advanced professional practicum (3 c.h.)

Description of Courses Offered in 2016-2017

MP 500. Radiation Physics. This course covers the basics of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, atomic and nuclear structure, basic nuclear and atomic physics, radioactive decay, interaction of radiation with matter, and radiation detection and dosimetry. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Turkington. 3 units.

MP 505. Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Physicists. This course focuses on medical terminology, biochemistry pertaining to medical physics, basic anatomy and physiology, elementary tumor and cancer biology, and overview of disease in general. Upon completion, the student should: (a) understand anatomic structures, their relationships with each other, their cross-sectional and planar projections, and how they are modified by attenuation and artifacts in the final images; (b) understand the physiology underlying radionuclide images, (c) understand how (a) - (b) are modified by disease, (d) identify anatomical entities in medical images (different modalities), and (e) identify basic features in medical images (e.g., Pneumothorax in chest radiographs, microcalcifications in mammograms). Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Reiman. 3 units.

MP 507. Radiation Biology. An introduction to radiation biology. This course covers the biological effects of radiation, including mechanisms of DNA damage, and normal tissue injury. The principle context is with relevance to radiation therapy treatment. Instructor consent required. Instructor: Oldham, Dewhirst. 1 unit.

MP 510. Radiation Protection. This course discusses the principles of radiation protection dealing with major forms of ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, the physics and chemistry of radiation biology, biological effects of ionizing and non-ionizing radiations (lasers, etc.) at cellular and tissue levels, radiation protection quantities and units, medical health-physics issues in clinical environments, radiation safety regulations, and basic problem solving in radiation safety. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Staff. 3 units.

MP 520. Radiation Therapy Physics. This clinically oriented course reviews the rationale, basic science, methods, instrumentation, techniques and applications of radiation therapy to the treatment of a wide range of human diseases. Major radiation modalities are covered including low and high energy photon therapy, electron and proton therapy, and low and high-dose rate brachytherapy. The clinical process of treatment, methods of calculating dose to patient, and the role of the medical physicist in radiation oncology clinics are covered in detail. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Oldham. 3 units.

MP 530. Modern Medical Diagnostic Imaging System. This course covers the mathematics, physics and instrumentation of several modern medical imaging modalities starting with a review of applicable linear systems theory and relevant principles of physics. Modalities studied include X-ray radiography (film-screen and electronic), computerized tomography, ultrasound, PET/SPECT, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, and optical imaging. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: MacFall/Solomon. 3 units.

MP 542 / BME 542. Principles of Ultrasound Imaging. This course covers propagation, reflection, refraction, and diffraction of acoustic waves in biologic media. Topics include geometric optics, physical optics, attenuation, and image quality parameters such as signal-to-noise ratio, dynamic range, and resolution. Emphasis is placed on the design and analysis of medical ultrasound imaging systems. Prerequisites: Mathematics 216(107) and Physics 152L(62L). 3 units.

MP 714. Clinical Dosimetry Measurements. This course covers advanced topics in clinical radiation dosimetry that are pertinent to both KV and MV energy ranges. Prerequisites: Medical Physics 500 and 505. Instructor: Yoshizumi. Variable credit (1-3 units).

MP 715. Advanced Topics in Radiation Detection and Dosimetry. This course covers topics in radiation detectors, measurements and signal processing. The basics of various types of radiation detectors used in nuclear, medical and health physics applications and their usage are discussed in detail. Prerequisites: Medical Physics 500 and 505. Instructor: Gunasingha. 1 unit.

MP 718. Clinical Practicum and Shadowing (Medical Health Physics). This practicum course provides hands-on experiences in various hospital health physics functions, in RAM lab oversight, in X-Ray room shielding and verification, and in license preparation experience under NRC/States oversight. The course includes shadowing a clinician, technologist, and physicist, while performing their routine clinical tasks. Instructor: Yoshizumi. 3 units.

MP 722. Advanced Photon Beam Radiation Therapy. This course covers the physics and clinical application of advanced external beam photon therapies with special emphasis on IMRT. Prerequisite: Medical Physics 520. Instructor: Q. Wu. 3 units.

MP 723. SRS and SBRT. This course covers advanced clinical applications of SRS and SBRT in the treatment of cancers. Prerequisites: Medical Physics 520. Instructor: Yin. 3 units.

MP 724. Clinical Dosimetry and Commissioning. The course is designed to combine traditional lectures and clinical physics practica on the topic of clinical dosimetry. Students will understand and learn patient treatment related measurement and clinical calibration, quality assurance, and commissioning. Instructors: Chang, et al. 3 units.

MP 725. Brachytherapy & TBI/TSI. The course is designed to combine traditional lectures and clinical physics practica on the topic of LDR (low dose rate) and HDR (high dose rate) brachytherapy and large field dosimetry as used clinically for TBI (Total Body Irradiation)/TSI (Total Skin Irradiation). Instructors: Craciunescu/Meltsner. 3 units.

MP 726. Practicum on Monte Carlo Methods in Medical Physics. This course focuses on the fundamentals of Monte-Carlo simulations and provides hands-on experience with clinical Monte-Carlo codes used in medical dosimetry. The course will introduce software such as MCNP, EGS, FLUKA, GEANT and Penelope and companion data analysis software ROOT, PAW and CERNLIB. Students will study at least one major code and will perform two or more projects based on a clinically relevant task. Prerequisites: Calculus, modern physics, and programming. Knowledge of C, C++, or Fortran is a plus. Instructors: Gunasingha, H. Song, A. Kapadia. Variable credit (1-3 units).

MP 732. Advanced Topics of Ionizing-based Imaging Modalities. This course covers advanced topics in ionizing-based imaging modalities such as X-ray and Computed Tomography imaging, including linear system theory, image quality metrology, digital radiography and mammography. Instruction will consist of didactic lectures accompanied by hands-on laboratory exercises (practicum). Instructor: Dobbins, Badea, CIPG. 3 units.

MP 734. Advanced Topics of Non-ionizing-based Imaging Modalities. This course covers advanced topics in non-ionizing Imaging modalities such as Ultrasound and MR imaging, including speckle statistics, Doppler imaging, advanced MR pulse sequences, MR angiography, flow and diffusion etc. Instruction will consist of didactic lectures accompanied by hands-on laboratory exercises (practicum). Instructor: Robertson. 3 units.

MP 743. Basic Concepts of Internal Radiation Dosimetry. This course covers the physical and anatomical/physiological foundations of internal radiation dosimetry. Topics covered include definition of dose, absorbed fractions, residence times and methods to determine them, the MIRD methodology, and strategies to convert small animal radiopharmaceutical biodistribution data to humans. Prerequisites: Medical Physics 500 and 505. Instructor: Reiman. 1 unit.

MP 745. Advanced Topics in Nuclear Medicine. This course covers advanced topics in radionuclide-based imaging modalities such as PET and SPECT, including image acquisition, image reconstruction and analysis, detector and detection theory, radionuclides, etc. and therapeutic applications of radionuclides. Instruction will consist of didactic lectures accompanied by hands-on laboratory exercises (practicum). Instructor: Turkington/Tornai. 3 units.

MP 746. Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry. The course covers radiochemistry and production of various radiopharmaceuticals. The course contains lectures as well as practical demonstrations. Prerequisite: Medical Physics 500 and 505. Instructor: Vaidyanathan. 1 unit.

MP 751-1. Research Topics in Medical Physics. This seminar course provides an overview of research projects conducted by medical physics faculty through a series of invited talks. The aim of the seminar is to help first year students identify their research interests and career/training orientation. Designed for first year Medical Physics students. Instructor consent is required. Instructor: Kapadia. 1 unit.

MP 751-2. Academic Development Skills for Medical Physicists. This course prepares students for academic and research work through a series of presentations on academic skills that include literature reading, scientific writing and presentation, maintaining scientific records, etc. Designed for first year Medical Physics students. Instructor consent is required. Instructor: Kapadia. 1 unit.

MP 751-3. Professional Development Skills for Medical Physicists. This course provides important skills for students’ professional development through a series of presentations on relevant topics that include public speaking, effective scientific and professional communication, interviewing skills, entrepreneurship, etc. Designed for second year Medical Physics students. Instructor consent is required. Instructor: Wilson. 1 unit.

MP 751-4. Frontiers of Biomedical Science. This course provides a series of presentations on cutting-edge / frontier research topics in the field of medical physics, focusing on the most state-of-the-art medical physics techniques and their clinical applications. Designed for second year Medical Physics students. Instructor consent is required. Instructor: Tornai. 1 unit.

MP 761. Fundamentals of Biostatistics. This course covers concepts of biostatistics for medical physics students. The first part introduces the basic principles of descriptive statistics, probability theory, estimation theory, correlation and regression, with applications in the biomedical field. This is a 4-week session. The second part covers inferential biostatistics, including statistical hypothesis testing and its application to group comparisons of biomedical data, parametric and non-parametric statistical tests, and the basics of ANOVA analysis. This is a 4-week session. The third part covers medical decision analysis, including the study and application of decision analysis methods popular in medical decision making, performance evaluation measures of medical diagnostic tests, strategies for combining diagnostic tests, receiver operating characteristics analysis and its variants, and cost-effectiveness analysis. This is a 5-week session. 1 course credit each session. Repeatable for 3 total credits. Instructors: Kapadia/ Mazurowski. Variable credit (1-3 units).

MP 762. Data Science. This course provides an introduction to methods underlying many biomedical informatics applications including information retrieval, probability, and statistical inference, medical decision making, machine learning concepts, and algorithms with a focus on biomedical decision making and discovery. Emphasis will be placed on learning the language of biomedical informatics and the art of statistical investigation as applied in the clinical field. Consent of instructor is required. Instructor: Mazurowski. 3 units.

MP 763. Advanced Radiation Biology in Medical Physics. This course covers advanced topics in radiation biology. Topics covered include: physics and chemistry of radiation absorption, cell survival curves, repair of radiation damage, radiation carcinogenesis, risk assessment models, cancer biology, model tumor systems, and dose fractionation in radiotherapy. Prerequisites: Medical Physics 507. Instructor consent is required. Instructor: Dewhirst, Palmer, Oldham. 1 unit.

MP 764. Fundamentals of Radiomics, Genomics and Informatics. "Radiomics" refers to the extraction and analysis of large amounts of advanced quantitative imaging features with high throughput from medical images obtained with computed tomography, positron emission tomography or magnetic resonance imaging. This course introduces basic concepts of radiomics and genomics as well as their applications and future trends in ontology and big data analytics. Instructor consent is required. Instructor: Yin. Variable credit.

MP 781. Clinical Shadowing for Medical Physicists. This course provides an opportunity to shadow clinical medical physicists in a wide range of clinical tasks that include quality assurance, treatment planning, radiation measurement, patient treatment, etc. in different aspects of medical physics. Designed for first year Medical Physics Students. Instructor consent is required. Instructor: Kapadia, Yoo. 1 unit.

MP 782. Advanced Practicum for Clinical Development in Medical Physics. This course provides an opportunity to participate in the creation of clinical learning experiences geared to individual students’ needs, interests, aptitudes and desired outcomes. The student will work closely with a faculty instructor to develop a personalized project on a clinical topic. Instructor: Staff. Variable credit.

MP 783. Advanced Practicum for Academic Development in Medical Physics. This course provides an opportunity to participate in the creation of academic learning experiences geared to individual students’ needs, interests, aptitudes and desired outcomes. The student will work closely with a faculty advisor to develop a personalized project on an academic topic. Instructor consent is required. Instructor: Staff. Variable credit.

MP 784. Advanced Practicum for Professional Development in Medical Physics. This course provides an opportunity to participate in the creation of professional experiences geared to individual students’ needs, interests, aptitudes and desired outcomes. The student will work closely with a faculty instructor to develop a personalized project on a professional development topic. Instructor consent is required. Instructor: Staff. Variable credit.

MP 791. Independent Study in Medical Physics. An independent research project with faculty advisor. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Staff. Variable credit.