About the Program

Clinical Medical and Health Physics is an exciting and expanding field of physics that applies our fundamental knowledge of physics to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of human conditions. In conjunction with CancerCare Manitoba, the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manitoba offers training in Medical and Health Physics leading to MSc and Ph.D. degrees.

The University of Manitoba offers in-depth scientific training for students interested in the application of Physics to Medicine and through the CAMPEP accredited program, students can get a solid grounding in all aspects of Radiological and Health Physics, prior to having to decide to enter a specialized clinical residency or a post-doctoral fellowship. The research-based MSc provides a good entry point and for excellent students, a conversion from the research-based MSc to a CAMPEP accredited Ph.D. is possible.

At the start of their Ph.D. studies, students are provided with a checklist detailing the items that must be completed to meet the elements required as part of a CAMPEP (Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs, Inc.) accredited program. The appropriate instructor must sign off each completed element on this form. Once all requirements have been met, the form will be reviewed by the Chair of the Examination Subcommittee for completeness and signed off by the Program Director. A certificate of completion will be provided to qualifying students together with their degree certificate only if all the CAMPEP requirements have been met. Note: The research (thesis) based MSc is designed for students entering the field and does not meet the requirements for CAMPEP accreditation.

Each of the service departments has a core of expertise that is available for the student to tap into whether it be to facilitate the manufacture of some piece of unique equipment required for their research or to answer some esoteric question on the nature of radiation transport. Medical Physicists have appointments in both the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the Department of Radiology as well as the Department of  Biomedical Engineering and most have academic/teaching, research, and clinical responsibilities. They also teach Radiation Oncology and Radiology Residents training program as well radiation therapy students in CancerCare Manitoba’s, School of Radiation Therapy.

Graduate Student applications are handled by the University of Manitoba and interested students are directed to the Department of Physics and Astronomy website for further information.

Students will spend much of their time at CancerCare Manitoba which is located on the Bannatyne (Medical) campus but will be required to travel to the Fort Garry Campus for some classes, seminars, or to TA. Winnipeg Transit operates a direct route between the two campuses during the academic term. More information on the specific degrees, facilities, funding, and Divisional research interests can be found by clicking on an area of interest on the navigation bar to the left.