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Medical Physics Programs students are engaged in both clinical and research aspects of medical physics through the University of Pennsylvania Health System's state-of-the-art medical imaging and therapy facilities, as well as departments housed in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Medicine, and Penn Engineeringall of which are within a 10-minute walk of each other on the main campus in University City. Students gain insights into the practical applications of the Medical Physics master’s degree through their interaction with these faculty members and their hands-on learning experiences.

The University of Pennsylvania’s multidisciplinary Medical Physics Programs provide students with access to the incredible array of resources that are only available at the most prestigious academic and medical research universities in the world.
The University of Pennsylvania’s multidisciplinary Medical Physics Programs provide students with access to the incredible array of resources that are only available at the most prestigious academic and medical research universities in the world.
Our CAMPEP-accredited medical physics master’s degree and certificate programs at Penn provide students with an experiential approach to education that includes hands-on training with state-of-the-art medical imaging and therapy facilities.
Our CAMPEP-accredited medical physics master’s degree and certificate programs at Penn provide students with an experiential approach to education that includes hands-on training with state-of-the-art medical imaging and therapy facilities.
The highly interdisciplinary Medical Physics Programs are led by distinguished faculty from across the University, in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Bioengineering, Radiology (as seen here), Bioengineering, and Radiation Oncology.
The highly interdisciplinary Medical Physics Programs are led by distinguished faculty from across the University, in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Bioengineering, Radiology (as seen here), Bioengineering, and Radiation Oncology.
Through clinical residency and practicum experiences, students also have the opportunity to work closely with medical researchers throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System and at a myriad of outstanding area hospitals.
Through clinical residency and practicum experiences, students also have the opportunity to work closely with medical researchers throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System and at a myriad of outstanding area hospitals.
The Medical Physics Programs at Penn prepare students for exciting clinical service and medical research careers through specialized training in the development, implementation, and maintenance of complex diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.
The Medical Physics Programs at Penn prepare students for exciting clinical service and medical research careers through specialized training in the development, implementation, and maintenance of complex diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.
Among the incredible resources available to our students, is the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, host to world's largest, most advanced proton therapy facilities. Penn Medicine is one of the few centers in the world to offer Pencil Beam Scanning.
Among the incredible resources available to our students, is the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, host to world's largest, most advanced proton therapy facilities. Penn Medicine is one of the few centers in the world to offer Pencil Beam Scanning.
The instrumentation and multitude of treatment rooms, each over two stories tall, makes the Roberts Proton Therapy Center the most comprehensive of its kind in the world.
The instrumentation and multitude of treatment rooms, each over two stories tall, makes the Roberts Proton Therapy Center the most comprehensive of its kind in the world.
Training for medical physics students at Penn includes use of the largest cyclotron in the world. The cyclotron accelerates atoms to near light speeds to create a healing beam of energy that can then be targeted to kill cancerous tumors with unprecedented accuracy.
Training for medical physics students at Penn includes use of the largest cyclotron in the world. The cyclotron accelerates atoms to near light speeds to create a healing beam of energy that can then be targeted to kill cancerous tumors with unprecedented
Our students have unparalleled access to facilities like The Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. This state-of-the-art, 500,000 square foot outpatient facility designed to create an ideal environment for patient-focused care and collaboration among health professionals.
Our students have unparalleled access to facilities like The Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. This state-of-the-art, 500,000 square foot outpatient facility designed to create an ideal environment for patient-focused care and collab
The Perelman Center is home to Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, radiation oncology, cardiovascular medicine and an outpatient surgical pavilion.
The Perelman Center is home to Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, radiation oncology, cardiovascular medicine and an outpatient surgical pavilion.
The University of Pennsylvania’s multidisciplinary Medical Physics Programs provide students with access to the incredible array of resources that are only available at the most prestigious academic and medical research universities in the world.
Our CAMPEP-accredited medical physics master’s degree and certificate programs at Penn provide students with an experiential approach to education that includes hands-on training with state-of-the-art medical imaging and therapy facilities.
The highly interdisciplinary Medical Physics Programs are led by distinguished faculty from across the University, in the Departments of Physics and Astronomy, Bioengineering, Radiology (as seen here), Bioengineering, and Radiation Oncology.
Through clinical residency and practicum experiences, students also have the opportunity to work closely with medical researchers throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System and at a myriad of outstanding area hospitals.
The Medical Physics Programs at Penn prepare students for exciting clinical service and medical research careers through specialized training in the development, implementation, and maintenance of complex diagnostic and therapeutic equipment.
Among the incredible resources available to our students, is the Roberts Proton Therapy Center, host to world's largest, most advanced proton therapy facilities. Penn Medicine is one of the few centers in the world to offer Pencil Beam Scanning.
The instrumentation and multitude of treatment rooms, each over two stories tall, makes the Roberts Proton Therapy Center the most comprehensive of its kind in the world.
Training for medical physics students at Penn includes use of the largest cyclotron in the world. The cyclotron accelerates atoms to near light speeds to create a healing beam of energy that can then be targeted to kill cancerous tumors with unprecedented accuracy.
Our students have unparalleled access to facilities like The Ruth and Raymond Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine. This state-of-the-art, 500,000 square foot outpatient facility designed to create an ideal environment for patient-focused care and collaboration among health professionals.
The Perelman Center is home to Penn Medicine's Abramson Cancer Center, radiation oncology, cardiovascular medicine and an outpatient surgical pavilion.
  • University of Pennsylvania Health System: A state-of-the-art medical imaging and therapy facility
  • Penn’s Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine (PCAM): An outpatient facility designed to create an ideal environment for patient-focused care and collaboration among healthcare professionals
  • Penn’s Abramson Cancer Center: Housed in PCAM, a world leader in cancer research, patient care and education
  • Department of Radiation Oncology: Dedicated to a three-part mission of excellence in patient care, basic and translational research, and the education of residents and medical students
  • Roberts Proton Therapy Center: The largest and most advanced facility in the world for this precise form of cancer radiation
  • Department of Bioengineering: Graduate programs consistently rate among the top 10 in the country 
  • Department of Physics and Astronomy: With two interdisciplinary NSF-funded research centers: the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter and the Nano-Bio Interface Center as well as the Penn Regional Nanotechnology Facility
  • Department of Radiology: A recognized world leader in radiological patient care, clinically centered at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Medical Imaging Processing Group: One of the oldest and longest active research groups in the world engaged in research on the processing, visualization, and analysis of medical images and the medical and clinical applications of these computerized methods

Master of Medical Physics information session

Learn all about the Master of Medical Physics Programs at the University of Pennsylvania. In this five-part series, Dr. Stephen Avery, former Director of the Master of Medical Physics Programs and an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, takes you from the early history of radiation oncology to the modern facilities of the Roberts Proton Therapy Center. Dr. Avery also discusses curriculum and admissions requirements for the program.

You may navigate to individual chapters by clicking the links below, or play from the beginning with the embedded player below.

Treating Cancer Using Proton Therapy: Video

In this video, Dr. Stephen Avery, former Director of the Master of Medical Physics Programs, discusses treating cancer using proton therapy and creating a dedicated PET device. He also takes you on a tour of the cyclotron at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center.

Medical Physics residency placement

The Medical Physics Program works hard to help you secure a residency after completing your degree at Penn. We have one of the highest placement rates in the country. Professional development seminars help you polish your CV, draft your personal statement, hone your interview skills, and prepare you for the ABR Part I Exam. We encourage students to publish their research results and present findings at a professional conference. Workshops about writing abstracts and giving presentations, as well as small travel grants, provide support. Students have successfully given oral or poster presentations at:

  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting
  • American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting
  • International Union for Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine (IUPSEM) World Congress
  • Particle Therapy Co-Operative Group (PTCOG) Annual Conference
  • Society for Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging (SNMMI) Conference
  • International Symposium Stereotactic Radiosurgery/Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SRS/SBRT)

In addition to making our students competitive for the Medical Physics Matching Program (MedPhys Match), we are currently exploring ways to provide additional residency positions for our graduates through on- and off-campus partnerships. The CAMPEP-accredited Penn Medical Physics residency program in radiation oncology is a comprehensive two-year program designed to educate and train physicists in all aspects of modern radiation oncology physics. The residency program accepts four residents annually and at least one of the top four ranks is preferentially awarded to a graduate of the MMP program through the match program. The residency provides didactic instruction in medical physics, anatomy and radiation biology, and clinical experience in a wide spectrum of clinical physics problems, as well as preparation for the American Board of Radiology certification exams.

Research opportunities

All Master of Medical Physics students are required to complete a Capstone research project.  There are a variety of opportunities based on the incredible resources available at Penn.  Here’s a list of some of the projects that students are currently working on:

  • Improvements of fluorescent imaging of tumors
  • Impact analysis of anatomical shifts in proton therapy
  • Characterizing a phosphor-based optical fiber scintillator for use in dosimetry
  • Optimizing radiation planning for glioblastoma through multi-modality MRI analysis and machine learning
  • Validation and development of diffuse tensor imaging (DTI) methods for patients receiving skull base and brain radiation
  • Neutron dosimetry: classifying scattered neutron dose during proton therapy
  • Single angle DRR matching (2D) for SBRT alignment verification
  • Virtual patient specific proton QA

Hospital affiliations

In addition to clinical and research opportunities available throughout the University of Pennsylvania Health System, the Medical Physics program works in collaboration with a variety of hospitals to offer our students additional practicum experiences and hands-on medical physics training. Our partner facilities currently include:

  • Albert Einstein Medical Center
  • Abington – Jefferson Health
  • 21st Century Oncology
  • Cooper University Health Care
  • Torrance Memorial Medical Center
  • VA Medical Center in Philadelphia

In the news

Members of the Penn Medical Physics Program describe their recently published article “How proton pulse characteristics influence protoacoustic determination of proton-beam range: simulation studies.” Read the article on Medical Physics Web.

Summer opportunities

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) offers opportunities for undergraduate students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility.

The Summer Undergraduate Program for Educating Radiation Scientists (SUPERS) program at Penn is for undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in radiation-related sciences.

Student handbook

For guidelines on getting started as a new Penn student, choosing classes, reviewing policies and more, refer to the Medical Physics Programs Student Handbook (PDF).

Hospital affiliations

Program Resources

Penn's Medical Physics Programs work in collaboration with area hospitals to offer additional practicum experiences and hands-on medical physics training. 

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Course descriptions

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