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:

  • Diagnostic Imaging (DI)
  • Radiation Therapy (RT)
  • Nuclear Medicine (NM)
  • Medical Health Physics (MHP)

Students may choose to focus on a single track or select an area of specialization that encompasses multiple tracks.

The curriculum consists of:

  • a core component, shared by all tracks,
  • advanced topics and electives
  • clinical shadowing opportunities
  • academic and professional development
  • frontiers topics

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.

All students take a set of six core courses in the first year, followed by discipline-specific advanced courses (electives) corresponding to their track and area of specialization. A detailed, individualized curriculum is drawn up for each student based on their research and didactic needs. Trainees may take courses from within the Medical Physics Program as well as any other department at Duke.

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