Medical Physics

What is Medical Physics?

According to the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), medical physics “is an applied branch of physics concerned with the application of the concepts and methods of physics to the diagnosis and treatment of human disease.”

What careers use Medical Physics degrees?

The Masters of Science in Medical Physics Program is a 39 semester (credit) hour program designed to prepare students for successful, rewarding, and lucrative careers in the medical and biotechnology fields. Potential career pathways with medical physics degrees include:

  • Clinical practice under the supervision of a certified medical physicist
  • CAMPEP-accredited residency program to obtain board certification and practice clinical medical physics independently
  • Research and development in healthcare and industrial applications
  • Entry into medical physics or biotechnology PhD programs to pursue academic work
  • Intellectual property law specializing in clinical technology
  • Medical and scientific positions in the United States Army, Navy, and Air Force

Why Earn a Medical Physics Degree at Hofstra?

At Hofstra, we believe in producing professional medical physicists with strong foundations in both basic science and clinical applications.  Starting day one, students in the Hofstra program are immersed in the clinical environment to build confidence and expertise in a professional setting.  In addition to providing students with a strong foundation in the basic science and profession of Medical Physics, students are given the opportunity for hands-on experience in the Departments of Radiation Medicine and Radiology at Northwell Health System through clinical practica in the primary subspecialties:  Diagnostic Imaging, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy, and Health Physics.

The MS in Medical Physics program at Hofstra University is a 39 semester-hour CAMPEP accredited program designed for completion within a two-year period. It resides in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of Hofstra College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with multidisciplinary faculty members drawn from within the department, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, and Feinstein Institute for Medical Research.  The program offers seminar and elective courses across a wide range of related subjects, and several opportunities for students to participate in basic, applied and clinical research. 

Hofstra University is located on Long Island, New York, with easy access to New York City via public or private transportation.

For more information about this program, please contact Adam C. Riegel, PhD DABR, adam.c.riegel[at]

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