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Why Duke

The Duke Medical Physics program is designed so that students work closely with top experts in the field. You will find numerous resources and services to support your academic, financial, social, physical, and mental wellbeing. We actively help you explore all your career options and prepare yourself for success. No matter your background or interests, you will be able to find your community at Duke.

Medical Physics students and faculty pose for a group at Haw River State Park

The Medical Physics Community

In addition to education and research, members of our program actively engage in our community, both socially and professionally. We serve as leaders at national and international organizations. At the local level, we participate in events at schools and support charitable causes. Here are just a few examples of how Duke Medical Physics has given back to the community.

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Climb the famous Duke Chapel, soar above Duke Gardens, go behind the scenes in the hospital, and experience our campus and facilities in new and exciting ways.

Durham and NC – The Best Place To Live

Duke University is located in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. The Triangle has consistently won awards for being one of the best places to live in the US. The New York Times featured us in 36 Hours in Durham, NC. Indeed, this is a great place to live, work, and do business. But here are some other accolades that might surprise you: Bon Appetit named us America’s Foodiest Small Town, Forbes ranked us among the top 10 Geekiest Cities and Best Places for Business and Careers, and Yahoo Travel called us one of the Best Cities for Singles.

Aside from all the awards, what’s there to do in this town? The climate is mild, and the campus is literally surrounded by the 7,000 acre Duke Forest, so there are endless possibilities for sport or relaxation. Be sure to tour the Duke Chapel and Sarah P. Duke Gardens. The Durham Performing Arts Center brings 200+ shows a year from around the world, including Broadway, concerts, and comedy. Thanks to the movie inspired by them, the Durham Bulls are probably the most famous minor league baseball team in the country. The American Dance Festival, hailed as the world’s greatest, has brought us amazing performances for many decades. And of course, if you aren’t already a Duke basketball fan, you just might be converted into one of the (in)famous “Cameron Crazies.” There’s just something indescribable about the experience of Cameron Indoor Stadium, where students get the best courtside seats and the energy is simply electrifying. The Duke Graduate School has prepared a list of resources for student life in Durham including information on housing, transportation, history, and entertainment.

Ready to venture a little out of town? Just a few hours to the west lie the Great Smoky Mountains, the most popular national park in the US. A few hours to the east are the beautiful, warm beaches of the Atlantic, including the Outer Banks, 200 miles of federally protected barrier islands where you can often see the ocean on one side and the sound on the other.

When you put all this together, it’s no surprise that so many people come to Duke for their training or work, but end up staying here to enjoy the area!