Post PhD Graduate Certificate in Medical Physics

A joint venture between Washington University School of Medicine and the School of Engineering & Applied Science, the Certificate in Medical Physics is an 18-hour credit program. The certificate is offered in one- and two-year formats.

Purpose & Goals

The PhD Certificate in Medical Physics Program will provide candidates with required didactic background course work and clinical knowledge to prepare for careers in imaging, radiation therapy and medical physics.

The objective of the PhD Certificate in Medical Physics Program is to provide students with the basic and applied scientific knowledge that is necessary both for further education and research in medical physics and for entry into a medical physics residency (radiation oncology or diagnostic 7 radiology) leading to a career in clinical medical physics. At the completion of the program, candidates will have:

  • an understanding of the role of patient safety in the clinical physics
  • necessary physical and scientific background for a career in medical physics
  • the ability to research and create new knowledge;
  • the ability to critically evaluate research and scholarship, and identify new solve problems in medical physics.

The program will also help develop communication and interpersonal skills necessary of a collaborative, multidisciplinary environment.

Requirements for Completion

In order to successfully complete the PhD Certificate in Medical Physics, a candidate must have:

  1. Three high level courses in Physics at undergraduate level or a minor in physics
  2. Completed PhD in Physics, Engineering, or associated disciplines
  3. Successfully complete the following courses
Course ID
Term, Credits
Bio 4580
Principles of Human Anatomy & Development
Fall, 3
Biological Imaging Technology
Spring, 3
BME 5071
Spring, 2
BME 5072
Radiation Oncology Physics
Spring, 3
BME 507
Radiological Physics & Dosimetry
Fall, 3
BME 5073
Radiation Protection & Safety
Fall, 2
Advance Clinical Medical Physics Lab
Summer, 2

Financial Assistance

Although certificate programs do not qualify for federal loan programs, private loans could be available. For more information, contact Johanna Sengheiser (

Application process and checklist

Fall entry application deadline: Aug. 1

Spring entry application deadline: Dec. 1

Graduate Student ServicesApply NowDepartment of Radiation Oncology

admissions contact

Jessie Runiewicz

Director of Graduate Admissions



Rao Kahn
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Tiezhi Zhang
Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology

Sasa Mutic
Professor of Radiation Oncology

Mark Anastasio
Professor of Biomedical Engineering