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Master of Science in Medical Physics

Medical Physics


The Vanderbilt Medical Physics Program is suspending accepting student admissions for the MS Degree, beginning Fall 2013 until further notice. 

This decision is in response to the 2014 initiative requiring a CAMPEP-accredited residency after the completion of the MS degree.

We encourage you to visit our DMP website, concerning the Professional Doctorate of Medical Physics Degree.


Medical Physics is an applied branch of physics devoted to the application of concepts and methods from physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.

Medical physicists are concerned with three primary areas of activity: clinical service and consultation, research and development, and teaching. Clinically, medical physicists are called upon to contribute scientific advice and resources to solve physical problems arising in radiological medical physics. Medical physics research typically involves the development of new instrumentation and technology, the development of new medical diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, and tests using existing technologies. Historically, this type of activity has been primarily in radiological imaging and radiation oncology, but now has a growing breadth of involvement throughout medicine.

Many medical physicists not only provide clinical service but also have faculty appointments at universities and colleges and are responsible for teaching future medical physicists, resident physicians, medical students and hospital technical staff.

Vanderbilt University offers the CAMPEP-Accredited Master of Science degree in Medical Physics with a specialty in Radiological Medical Physics. The Vanderbilt MS Program offers both therapy and diagnostic physics tracks.

This interdisciplinary program is administered through the Departments of Radiation Oncology and Radiology and Radiological Sciences in the School of Medicine, and involves faculty and courses from:

Who to Contact

For more information please write or call:

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Medical Physics Masters Program
Charles W. Coffey, II, PhD.
Program Director
2220 Pierce Avenue
Preston Research Building
Basement Room B-1003
Nashville, TN 37232-5671
Phone: 615-322-2555
Fax: 615-343-0161

Education Coordinator
Ms. Bobbi Humphreys
2220 Pierce Avenue
Preston Research Building
Basement Room B-1003
Nashville, TN 37232-5671
Phone: 615-322-5257
Fax: 615-343-0161

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