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Oregon Medical Physics Program

Oregon Health & Science University Radiation Medicine

The ability to see and treat

Medical physics examines and applies numerous aspects of nuclear science to medicine. Medical physicists rarely have direct contact with patients, but are part of many treatment teams. For example, medical physicists crunch the numbers for radiation-based cancer treatments to calculate precise dosages, maintain radiation equipment, and ensure that imaging machines such as CT scanners and MRIs are functioning properly.

The Oregon Medical Physics Program is a partnership between Oregon State and Oregon Health & Science University to educate medical physicists at the graduate level. Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Educational Programs, Inc. (CAMPEP), we are the only accredited program in the Northwest.

Academics and Admissions

We offer master’s and doctoral degrees in medical physics. Admission is highly competitive; we accepted approximately 10% of applicants for the fall 2012 cohort. 

Pre-requisites for matriculation into the Oregon Medical Physics program include:

  • A strong foundation in basic physics documented by either a degree in physics, engineering,  or other area of physical science with physics education equivalent to a minor in physics.  This should include at least three upper-level undergraduate physics courses.  (www.campep.org)
  • Meet the requirements of Oregon State University's Graduate School
  • Anatomy and Physiology (can be a co-requisite within the first year of study)
  • OSU’s NE/RHP/MP department applicant requirements

To be considered for the first round of selections for Fall 2014 admission please submit your application after September 1, 2013 and before the priority deadline February 1, 2014. 


We're interested in interdisciplinary research, applying medical physics to other specialty fields and vice versa. Our current research projects are focused on applying related fields of study to solve medical physics problems. If your research project could benefit from our expertise let us know. The next scientific breakthrough could only be an email away. 

More information 

If you would like more information about our medical physics program, are interested in becoming a research partner, or just want to learn more about the field, browse the links below. We're happy to answer any questions you may have. 

Cost and Financial Aid 

Because the Oregon Medical Physics Program is a clinical degree and is a joint degree with OHSU, it operates under a different fee structure than other graduate programs at Oregon State University. To accurately calculate tuition and fees for the program please consult the Business Affairs Office for current professional program rates.  Similar to other clinical degrees, there are additional opportunities for financing. Please see Oregon State Financial Aid for information on financial aid.

Department contacts:
  • Dr. Krystina M. Tack, Graduate Program Director for the Oregon Medical Physics Program 
  • Heidi Braly, Graduate Student Liason at the Department of Nuclear Engineering and Radiation Health Physics


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