Medical physics applies the principles of the physical sciences to biomedical problems. The activities of medical physicists cover a broad spectrum that ranges from the study of basic biomedical processes to the diagnosis and treatment of disease, and thus, the training of a medical physicist must be broad. To participate fruitfully in this interdisciplinary profession, a medical physicist must be thoroughly competent in the physical sciences and mathematical sciences related to imaging physics and radiation physics, must understand biological principles, and must be able to communicate with physicians.
The Committee on Medical Physics (CMP) offers a program to provide aspiring medical physicists with the knowledge that they will need in their future profession. Our program leads mainly to the PhD with emphasis on research that provides preparation for careers in academia, industry, and/or clinical support roles. Occasionally, the MS degree will be conferred.
The medical physics program at the University of Chicago is recognized internationally for its research excellence. Many of the investigators are leaders in their respective specialties. Also, because the program is located in the University of Chicago Medical Center, there are strong interactions between the clinical and research staff. Faculty with a primary interest in diagnostic imaging hold appointments in the Department of Radiology, whereas faculty with a primary interest in the physics of radiation therapy hold appointments in the Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology.
Since 1913, the University of Chicago has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.