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Medical Physics Graduate Program

Medical physics is a profession that combines principles of physics and engineering with those of biology and medicine to effect better diagnosis and treatment of human disease while ensuring the safety of the public, our patients and those caring for them.

Students with Radiation SimulatorThe Medical Physics Graduate Program offers the Specialized Master of Science degree and the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees through The University of Texas at Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Two UT components, the UT Health Science Center at Houston and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, jointly support the program, with the majority of faculty and students, as well as the program administration, working at MD Anderson.

The S.M.S. degree is a professional master's degree that prepares the student for clinical practice as a medical physicist. The Ph.D. degree is intended for the student who is preparing for a career that includes a strong research component. The two degree tracks have similar didactic curricula, but the S.M.S. research project is typically more clinically focused and shorter in duration than the research work for the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees.


  • Dr. Bill Erwin & Students

    Bill Erwin, M.S., explains the setup of a gamma camera test in a Med Phys IV lab to Chad Bircher, Derek Yaldo and Moiz Ahmad, while Brandan Darensbourg positions the source.

  • Malcom Heard in Laboratory

    Malcolm Heard (MS '05, PhD '09) demonstrates the solid dosimetry system that he tested in his dissertation research.

  • Katie Hulme sets up a SPECT/CT data acquisition

    Katie Hulme sets up a SPECT/CT data acquisition.

  • Drs. Edward Jackson & Jason Stafford

    Drs. Jason Stafford (Faculty, Ph.D. '02) and Edward Jackson (Faculty, Ph.D. '90) provide physics support for an interventional MRI case.

  • Joe Dick & Kelly Kisling

    Kelly Kisling and Joseph Dick acquire data from a SPECT/CT camera during a Med Phys IV lab.

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