Medical Physics, Certificate

Penn's Certificate in Medical Physics offers a career pathway for individuals who have already earned a PhD in physics or a related field (e.g., engineering, computer science or physical chemistry) and a physics minor. The program is fully accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP). As such, the program prepares students to enter a CAMPEP-accredited residency program in medical physics, which provides students with the clinical experience required for certification by the American Board of Radiology.

The Certificate program successfully prepares students to compete for residency positions. Students will have the opportunity to shadow a qualified medical physicist on an elective basis throughout their time in the program at the University of Pennsylvania or at one of Penn's hospital affiliates.


A total of six course units is required over two semesters. 

The Certificate in Medical Physics provides students with a curriculum based on the recommendations of AAPM report #197S, which outlines the ideal training for a post-graduate education in medical physics. The coursework includes radiological physics, radiation protection, medical imaging, medical ethics/government regulation, anatomy and physiology, radiobiology, and the physics of radiation therapy. 

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
MPHY 6000 Professional Development 0.0
MPHY 6010 Introduction to Radiation Protection 0.5
MPHY 6020 Physics of Medical / Molecular Imaging 1.0
MPHY 6030 Image-Based Anatomy 1.0
MPHY 6040 Radiological Physics 1.0
 Course Units3.50
MPHY 6000 Professional Development 0.0
MPHY 6050 Medical Ethics / Governmental Regulation 0.5
MPHY 6060 Physics of Radiation Therapy 1
MPHY 6070 Radiation Biology 1
 Course Units2.50
 Total Course Units6.00

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.