Academic Program Features

Duke Medical Physics offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. Additionally, affiliated residencies are available in radiation therapy and diagnostic imaging.

The M.S. and Ph.D. programs have 4 tracks:

The curriculum consists of:

  • a core component, shared by all tracks,
  • track-specific core courses
  • and electives courses

These are described in detail in the List of Courses.

Seminars in Medical Physics has its own page that shows the latest schedule of speakers for the current semester, as well as archives of past seminars.

Each student will take a track-specific clinical practicum. The practicum aims to provide initial exposure to clinical aspects in the practice of medical physics. Each student also elects a major track, a minor track (for Ph.D.), and should take 1 course in frontier areas that are currently not a part of traditional Medical Physics discipline (e.g., genomics, data science, bioinformatics, biophotonics).

Students are required to choose their track at the end of the first year of their program. All students must pass written qualifying exams at the beginning of the second year.

The program encourages M.S. students to arrange for summer practical clinical/research experiences. These are optional, but would enable the student to become acquainted with professional aspects of medical physics.