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What is Medical Physics?

The application of physics and physical principles to medicine is medical physics. A medical physicist operates at the frontiers of academia and clinical sciences.

The technological application in medicine especially in radiology, radiation oncology, nuclear medicine requires a well-rounded, trained professional who can understand physical principles of behind the technology and using his education and training to troubleshoot and advise clinicians on safe and effective use of devices.

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), professional body of clinical physicist provides a detailed definition on their website (


Rao Khan, Ph.D. FCCPM, Diplomat ABR
Director of Medical Physics
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Quinton L Williams, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Prabhakar Misra, Ph.D., APS Fellow
Department of Physics and Astronomy



Physics in Action – Master of Science Degree in Medical Physics

Master of Science (M.S.) in Medical Physics program at Howard University is launched to provides opportunities for African American and under-represented communities a learning platform where they are introduced to fundamental concepts of medical physics. The graduate students are exposed to a wide range of topics demonstrating physics in action from diagnostic imaging, radiological medicine, nuclear medicine, and health and radiation physics.

The graduate program has a philosophy of providing all graduate life experiences, such as teaching assistantship, graduate research along with clinical skills necessary for a early career medical physicist.

In line with Howard Forward, this state-of-the-art program will strive to building a diverse and inclusive environment for people of various backgrounds and cultures. The culture of promoting under-served individuals at Howard is the cornerstone of Medical Physics.

  • Provide necessary knowledge of medical physics
  • Instigate curiosity driven research for future precision medicine for our learners
  • Create opportunities to function independently and lead in a clinical and academic environment.