Bachelor of Science in Medical Physics

SMART LEARNING Medical physics is about fighting disease. It's a specialized branch of applied physics that's at the forefront of advancements in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases like cancer and heart disease through the use of physics and technology. The program will prepare you to work in diagnosis and management or other health care fields, or for graduate work in physics or health/ medical physics — an essential next step if you're interested in a career as a medical physicist in a clinical diagnostic imaging or radiation therapy department.

In addition to core physics and mathematics, you'll study medical imaging, health physics, radiation therapy and protection, biology, image analysis, medical diagnostics and computer modelling techniques. Studies in biology, chemistry and computer science will ensure you develop the multidisciplinary skills valued in research settings.

WORKING IT You can apply to do an industrial internship or a co-op — both extend your program to five years. The co-op is five work terms spread between the end of year two and graduation, and the internship is a 16-month placement between your third and final years. Past placements have included:

  • Research and Development in medical and health physics, biophysics and physics.
  • Working on a health physics team at a nuclear power plant.
  • Monitoring background radiation in schools, homes and public spaces.

IN THEORY, IN PRACTICE Our program focuses on a variety of practical learning experiences. For example, you will work on a supervised thesis project that draws on faculty research; recent projects have included assessing trace element uptake by the body, detecting, imaging and treating cancer, and assessing organs' viability for transplant.

TOP PROFS Ryerson is home to one of the fastest-growing university-based biomedical physics groups in Canada. Our faculty — many who have received international recognition for their innovations — are researching everything from detecting potentially toxic elements in the body to developing new image-guidance technologies and therapies for cancer management.

For example, Dr. Michael Kolios holds the Canada Research Chair (Tier II), Biomedical Applications of Ultrasound. He is collaborating with Ryerson's Dr. Bill Whelan, Dr. Carl Kumaradas and Sunnybrook radiation oncologist Dr. Gregory Czarnota to study how ultrasound imaging can be used to assess the effectiveness of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation or thermal therapies. Their innovative projects have received over $500,000 in grants from major federal funding agencies for health and science research in 2006.

GOING FURTHER After graduation, you can go on to Ryerson's MSc in Biomedical Physics, or to graduate studies in physics or health/medical physics at another university. You can also pursue a professional degree in medicine/ health science, education, business or law.

Information about how to apply to Ryerson University can be found on Ryerson's admissions web page:

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