Certificate Program

Program Overview

The Harvard Medical Physics Residency Program includes a CAMPEP-accredited Certificate Program, which enables individuals with a non-CAMPEP medical physics Ph.D. to complete all didactic requirements within the residency program. Courses have been offered to residents in our program since its inception in 2009, and these courses have since been formally recognized as a Medical Physics Certificate Program. The Certificate Program was granted initial accreditation in 2016.

Since our residency program is three years, residents can complete all of the requirements for clinical training and didactic coursework while in our program. Most of the courses will be taken in the first research year, and then at most one course is taken per clinical year, as required by CAMPEP.  Residents need not apply separately to the Certificate Program and are not responsible for tuition payments.

CAMPEP requires 18 credit hours of core medical physics didactic material, which we divide into 7 courses:

  • Physics I: Radiologic physics and dosimetry [3 credits, offered annually in the Fall]
  • Physics II: Radiation therapy physics [3 credits, offered annually in the Spring]
  • Medical Imaging Modalities [3 credits, offered every other Fall (next offering Fall 2020)]
  • Radiation Protection and Safety [3 credits, offered annually in the Spring]
  • Radiation Biology [2 credits, offered annually in the Spring]
  • A&P I: Oncology and Pathology [2 credits, offered annually in the Fall]
  • A&P II: Anatomy and Physiology for Non-physicians [2 credits, offered every other Spring (next offering Spring 2020)]

Further information on the CAMPEP course requirements and Certificate Programs can be found on the CAMPEP website

Fall courses typically start the first week of September and spring courses typically begin in late January or early February.  Some courses are not offered annually so earning a complete Certificate in some cases may require longer than one year.



Applicants must have a doctoral degree in physics, physical science, or engineering with either an undergraduate degree in physics or at least three upper-division (3rd or 4th year undergraduate) physics courses. Two calculus‐based undergraduate physics courses are also required.

The Certificate Program is open to our residents, postdoctoral fellows within the MGH, BWH, or BIDMC systems with the permission of the Program Director, and applicants from outside our institutions.  Outside applicants must follow the formal application process and are responsible for the tuition payments as outlined below.

Email inquiries from candidates who do not meet the  CAMPEP course requirements may not receive a response.


How to Apply

The application deadline for the Spring 2020 semester is November 2, 2020.  Applications may be accepted after the deadline on a rolling basis if space permits.  Program enrollment may be capped.

Students admitted to the Certificate Program may also have an opportunity to participate in research projects with our faculty.  Funding is not guaranteed.

Students may elect to take any or all of the courses listed for credit. However, only students successfully completing all 18 credits will receive a formal certificate.

Download Certificate Program Application

Completed applications should be submitted electronically to hmsmedphys@partners.org.  There is a $50 application fee.



Accepted students are required to indicate their acceptance in writing by December 15, 2019, at which time a non-refundable $500 deposit will be due.

Tuition for the full 18 credit certificate entire program is $28,000*, or $1556 per credit hour.  Financial aid is not available.

Course tuition is due by January 15, 2020.

*Above tuition costs are not inclusive of required course materials.


Faculty for Certificate Courses

Physics I and II
Course director: Yulia Lyatskaya, PhD, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, BWH
Various physics faculty from BIDMC, BWH and MGH

Medical Imaging Modalities
Course Co-directors: Greg Sharp, PhD, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, MGH; Piotr Zygmanski, PhD, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, BWH
Various physics faculty from BIDMC, BU, BWH, Children’s, and MGH

Kathryn D. Held PhD, Department of Radiation Oncology, MGH

Anatomy and Physiology for non-physicians
Phillip Devlin MD, Chief, Division of Brachytherapy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Oncology and Pathology
Course director: Kathy Bruce RTT, MBA, Director of Business Development, MGH
Individual lectures given by the residents from the Harvard Radiation Oncology Program

Radiation Safety and Protection
Course director: David Gierga, PhD, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, MGH
Physics faculty and RSO from BIDMC, BWH, MGH

Please see our Certificate Program Handbook for further information.


Certificate Program Statistics

YearApplicantsOffered AdmissionMatriculatedGraduatedGraduates entering residencyGraduates entering an Academic PositionResidents graduating with a Certificate


Note: In the above table, the number of applicants, the number offered admission, and the number matriculated include residents taking the courses during their residency, internal postdoctoral fellows, and students from outside our institution.  Prior to 2018, the Certificate Program was only open to internal residents and postdoctoral fellows.  Students from outside our institution were accepted beginning in 2018.