The Highest Standards
The curriculum consists of:
- A core component, shared by all tracks
- Advanced topics and electives
- Clinical shadowing opportunities
- Academic and professional development
- Frontiers topics
MP 500 Radiation physics (3 c.h.)
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 (3 c.h.)
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 (1 c.h.)
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: Dewhirst, Palmer. 1 unit
MP 510 Radiation protection (3 c.h.)
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: Chu Wang. 3 units.
MP 520 Radiation therapy physics (3 c.h.)
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: Adamson. 3 units.
MP 530 Diagnostic medical physics (3 c.h.)
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 781.1 Clinical shadowing of medical physicists (1 c.h.)
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: Staff. 1 unit.
MP 781.2 Clinical shadowing of medical physicists (UNC; 1 c.h.)
MP 751 Medical Physics Seminar (1 c.h.)
Medical physics is the application of the concepts and methods of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease. This course consists of weekly lectures covering broad topics in medical physics including diagnostic imaging, radiation oncology, radiation safety, and nuclear medicine. Lectures will be given by invited speakers drawn from many university and medical center departments, including radiology, physics, radiation safety, and radiation oncology. Prerequisites: background in engineering or physics: Turkington, Rodrigues. 1 unit.
MP 542/BME 542 Principles of ultrasound imaging (3 c.h.)
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 (1 c. h.)
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: Chu Wang. Variable credit (1-3 units).
MP 715 Advanced topics in radiation detection and dosimetry (1 c.h.)
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: Staff. 1 unit.
MP 718. Clinical Practicum and Shadowing (Medical Health Physics) (3 c.h.)
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: Chu Wang. 3 units.
MP 722 Advanced radiation therapy physics (3 c.h.)
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 (3 c.h.)
This course covers advanced clinical applications of SRS and SBRT in the treatment of cancers. Prerequisites: Medical Physics 520. Instructor: Yin. 3 units.
MP 725 Brachytherapy and TBI/TSI (3 c.h.)
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 (1-3 c.h.)
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: Staff. Variable credit (1-3 units).
MP 727 External beam radiotherapy planning (1 c.h.)
This course focuses on external beam treatment planning and covers both fundamental knowledge of treatment planning and advanced practice of treatment planning at common clinical sites. Instructor: Chunhao Wang. 1 unit.
MP 732 Advanced ionizing-based imaging (3 c.h.)
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: Samei, CIPG. 3 units.
MP 734 Advanced non-ionizing-based imaging (3 c.h.)
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 735 Advanced Topics in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (3 c.h.)
This course covers advanced topics in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), including image acquisition and reconstruction, artifact correction, functional MRI, and diffusion MRI. Instruction will consist of lectures accompanied by hands-on exercises in Matlab. Students will also have the opportunity to perform different types of MRI scans such as functional and diffusion MRI on each other and to reconstruct and analyze the acquired MRI data. Instructor: Trong-Kha Truong. 3 units.
MP 743 Concepts of internal radiation dosimetry (1 c.h)
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 (3 c.h.)
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. 3 units.
MP 763 Advanced radiation biology (1 c.h.)
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. 1 unit.
MP 765 Advanced Mathematical Methods for Medical Physicist (3 c.h.)
This course will provide an introduction to boundary value problems and analytical partial differential equation techniques for wave-guide geometries found in medical applications (e.g., linear accelerators). ANSYS EM simulations will be performed to generate more accurate representation of linear accelerator waveguides and how (un)charged particles behave within the conductors. Hardware demonstrations will be provided time and resources permitting. Additionally, an introduction to complex variables and their application regarding the linac X-ray target and how they are related to different observed scattering phenomena (e.g., Compton scattering).Instructor: Darnell. 3 units.
MP 791 Independent study in medical physics (1-3 c.h.)
An independent research project with faculty advisor. Consent of instructor required. Instructor: Staff. Variable credit.
MP 782 Advanced clinical practicum (3 c.h.)
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 academic practicum (3 c.h.)
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 professional practicum (3 c.h.)
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.
Updated: March 01, 2023
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