Masters in Medical Physics

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Physics Department is proud to offer a Masters of Science in Biomedical Physics

 

CAMPUS: ST. AUGUSTINE

PROGRAMME TITLE:

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL PHYSICS with specialization in either Medical Physics or Movement Science & Rehabilitation

 

AWARD: MASTER OF SCIENCE IN BIOMEDICAL PHYSICS (e.g. Masters; Diploma)

 

ACADEMIC UNIT(S) THAT WILL OFFER PROGRAMME:

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS, FACULTY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, ST.AUGSTINE

 

DELIVERY MODE: FACE-TO-FACE

 

TOTAL CREDITS: 47 credits

 

DURATION OF PROGRAMME: Full time: 4 Semesters (16 months) Part time: 8 Semesters (32 months)

 

 

 

PROGRAMME SUMMARY:

Biomedical Physics is an applied branch of Physics concerned with the application of concepts and methods in Physics to the solution of problems in Biology and Medicine. The master’s degree in Biomedical Physics is a unique interdisciplinary program which was developed in recognition of the blurring of boundaries between the physical sciences which has led to explosive advancements in diagnostic processes, medical devices and technologies as well as improvements in available treatment modalities. It is an excellent opportunity for students to enhance their education in Physics, Biology, Electronics and Bioengineering while developing their analytical and problem-solving skills. The wide spectrum of knowledge required of the Biomedical Physicists makes this profession both challenging and rewarding as they improve their understanding of the study of the human body and attempt to solve current medical problems. Future careers in the allied health areas are expected to be a major area of growth in the 21st century and as such the education of Biomedical Physicists, Medical Physicists and Bioengineers must keep abreast of the changes is such a way as to prepare the future professional to make the best possible contribution to the health and standard of living of both patients and staff in the various environment in which they may find themselves. Many Biomedical Physicists will head into traditional fields e.g. clinical service and consultation, education, research and development while others will enter varied fields e.g. quality control and the enforcement of government regulations.

The graduate degree has become a necessary requirement for advancement into research and development or senior supervisory and management positions. The field of Biomedical Physics is yet new and is constantly being redefined. As such the career potential for the qualified, self-directed, creative graduate is especially great.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

First Degree ( B.Sc. ) from a recognized University in:

  • Physics
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Biomedical Technology

 

Academic Aims and Objectives

This is a new programme at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. It aims to specially train and augment the education of qualified scientists and engineers so as to ensure that (i) graduating students have sufficient competence in either of two specializations in the field of Biomedical Physics in order to start a career, (ii) the requirements of international societies are incorporated to a sufficient level so as to obtain accreditation and (iii) postgraduate students from other countries are attracted to the programme so as to foster the dissemination of these areas of biomedical specialization over a wider geographical area and hence regionally improve health care.

Entrants to the course will be:

  • Recent graduates and suitably qualified working professionals seeking to upgrade their qualifications for work or advancement in regional health authorities or private institutions.

This programme advances the Departmental, Faculty, Campus and/or the University Strategic Plan in the following ways:

  • Produces qualified Medical Physicists and specialists in Human Movement who can provide service in various areas of the allied health sector;
  • Produces graduates who could enroll in higher academic research e.g. Ph.D. studies or work as research assistants to address the medical and scientific needs of the national community or move into scientific posts in other professions e.g. radiation protection in governmental or commercial organisations;
  • Develop a cadre of professionals with the ability to impact and direct policy-making;
  • To build national and regional technological and infrastructural capacities for imparting postgraduate education, training and research in biomedical physics;
  • To strategically develop and foster collaborations with international societies, institutes and universities of excellence in order to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and the development of research cooperation;
  • To tap the potential of existing teaching and research facilities UWI-StA and UWI-Mona and to upgrade them towards efficient use for delivering an advanced educational programmes;
  • To integrate resources and to develop strong working relationships and research initiatives within and across the UWI campuses in keeping with the ideals of the strategic plan of the UWI.

In the near future it is expected that the demand for not only Medical Physicists but also specialists in Human Movement will increase. Graduates of this specialization will achieve insight into the clinical practice of Medical Physics, Medical Imaging and related subjects via visits and attachments to staff in their hospital role. Such training is important as oncology centers open nationally and regionally. Trinidad and Tobago’s National Oncology Centre, set to be built at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex (EWMSC), Mt Hope, will be completed by April 2015 and ready for use by October 2015. Within the Caribbean one can also expect the Cancer Centre for the Eastern Caribbean (CCEC) in Antigua to be completed in the near future. In the meantime Radiation Oncology Centre of Jamaica and the Cancer Centre Bahamas offer good prospects to graduates in Medical Physics. Additionally with the growth in occupational, environmental safety and health, sports science and the management of the professional athlete. Professionals will be required who can understand and apply the laws and principles governing human motion to daily living, materials handling, the clinical setting as well as to elite sport skill performance.

 

Course of Study

 

CORE MODULES

(Select 18 credits)

Physics

Biomedicine

Analytical Tools

Complementary Courses

Physics of the Human Body (3 cr.)

Human Anatomy & Physiology (3 cr.)

Biomedical Statistics and Informatics: MDPH 6150 (2 cr.)

Numerical Methods for Biomedical Applications (3 cr.)

Workplace: Safety and Protection (3 cr.)

Research Methods for Health Science: COMP 6501 (3 cr.)

ELECTIVES (2 Areas of Specialization – choose one)

(21 credits each)

Medical Physics

Movement Science & Rehabilitation

Radiation Physics & Dosimetry (3 cr.)

Radiation Biology (3 cr.)

Radiation Oncology (3 cr.)

Biomedical Imaging (3 cr.)

Nuclear and Atomic Physics (3 cr.)

Medical Physics Laboratory Course I (3 cr.)

Medical Physics Laboratory Course II (3 cr.)

Orthopaedic Biomechanics (3 cr.)

Human Motor Control (3 cr.)

Analysis of Human Movement (3 cr.)

Implant Materials & Technology (3 cr.)

Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies (3 cr.)

Movement Analysis & Rehabilitation - Lab Course I (3 cr.)

Movement Analysis & Rehabilitation - Lab Course II (3 cr.)

Research Project (8 cr. - Submission end of May)

 

Course Description

 

 

SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6100

COURSE TITLE: PHYSICS OF THE HUMAN BODY

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will show how physics is applied to improve the understanding of

physical issues concerning the human body. Models will be used to aid in the quantitative analysis of biological systems using physical and engineering principles. Various examples will be used to depict these types of analyses and how the knowledge gained from them has led to advances in the biomedical physics and engineering. Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and tutorials in order to provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material. Pre-testing at the start of the course i.e. a readiness assessment will be performed. Based on this assessment formative feedback will be provided within the first 2 weeks of the semester. Various methods of assessment will be used during the course.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 40%

Final Exam 60%

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SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6101

COURSE TITLE: HUMAN ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will emphasize a systemic view of the functional anatomy of the human body, anatomical locations, structure and function of the various systems of the body, physiological functions of the main components of each major system of the human body, organ systems and associated diseases. Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and tutorials in order to provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material. Presentation of lectures will employ a variety of anatomical models, multimedia and interactive presentations.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 40%

Final Exam 60%

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SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6102

COURSE TITLE: NUMERICAL METHODS FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The development of powerful digital computers with fast processing speeds has encouraged the use of numerical methods and simulation in problem-solving by vastly increasing the range of mathematical calculations which can be conveniently performed. Numerical methods are techniques by which a variety of real-life problems are formulated so that they can be solved using arithmetic operations. The choice of the particular formula or algorithm or model has a marked influence not only on the computer programming but also on how the final results obtained are understood. As such, this course will give the student a thorough grounding in the use of computers, and the variety of computational tools and routines used in Pure and Applied Physics in order to both broaden and deepen our understanding of physics problems.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 50%

Final Exam 50%

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SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6103

COURSE TITLE: WORKPLACE: SAFETY AND PROTECTION

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on electrical, chemical, biological safety and the safe use of

ionizing radiation in the medical environment. Electricalsafety is very important in the medical environment since patients not only undergo diagnostic or treatment procedures but may also be unattended, unconscious or anaesthetised and not respond normally to an electric current. Chemical safety protects human health and the environment by evaluating chemicals for potential risk and providing tools and guidance for the use of various chemicals. Biological safety involves protecting individuals and the environment from potentially harmful microorganisms and other biological agents through the use of risk assessment and the application of work practices, protective equipment, and exposure control. Concepts, principles and units of dose in radiological safety, principles and methods of radiation protection will also be addressed. Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and tutorials in order to provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material. Presentation of lectures will employ a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 40%

Final Exam 60%

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SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6104

COURSE TITLE: RADIATION PHYSICS AND DOSIMETRY

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on ionizing radiation as the basis for radiation therapy and for many diagnostic imaging studies. The various modes of interaction between ionizing radiations and matter, energy deposition by ionizing radiation in matter; concepts, quantities and units in radiological physics; principles and methods of radiation dosimetry will be addressed. Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and tutorials in order to provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material. Presentation of lectures will employ a variety of

multimedia and interactive presentations.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 60%

Final Exam 40%

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SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6105

COURSE TITLE: RADIATION BIOLOGY

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on effects of ionizing radiation on living things. The various consequences of the interaction between ionizing radiations and biological objects from energy deposition in water to cancer development and death will also be addressed. Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and tutorials in order to provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material. Presentation of lectures will employ a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 40%

Final Exam 60%

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SEMESTER: 2

COURSE CODE: BIPH6106

COURSE TITLE: RADIATION ONCOLOGY

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on radiation therapy and radiation carcinogenesis. The

various types of radiation for tumor treatment, energy deposition by ionizing radiation in organs and tissues. Difference of response to radiation between tumors and normal tissues/organs. Principles and methods of modern and advance radiation therapy will also be addressed. Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and tutorials in order to provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material. Presentation of lectures will employ a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 60%

Final Exam 40%

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SEMESTER: 2

COURSE CODE: BIPH6107

COURSE TITLE: BIOMEDICAL IMAGING

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on construction, practical utilization of equipment and

principles for many diagnostic imaging studies. The course will include several visits to medical centre to gain practical knowledge of use the equipment and the concerns which determine implementation in various medical cases. Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and tutorials in order to provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material. Presentation of lectures will employ a variety of multimedia and interactive presentations.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 50%

Final Exam 50%

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SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6108

COURSE TITLE: NUCLEAR AND ATOMIC PHYSICS

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will focus on structure and properties of atoms and atomic nucleus as the basis for nuclear medicine and for many diagnostic imaging studies. Nuclear and sub-nuclear structures, nuclear reactions, the various modes of nuclear decay, as well as electromagnetic properties of elementary particles and nucleus; concepts, principles and quantities in nuclear and atomic physics with some application of quantum mechanics will be addressed.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 50%

Final Exam 50%

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SEMESTER: 2

COURSE CODE: BIPH6109

COURSE TITLE: MEDICAL PHYSICS LABORATORY COURSE I

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Experimentation, observation and recording skills are very necessary for Biomedical Physicists. Medical Physics Laboratory I is a modern, labbased physics course where all the Biomedical Physics students will be exposed to a variety of techniques, concepts and skills in the experimental sciences. These

skills are needed for all the other modules of the specialization in Medical Physics and will be developed

holistically through this module which focuses entirely on practical skills. This course is one of the seven courses in the Medical Physics elective providing the necessary background knowledge for the Biomedical Physics. Laboratory exercises will be mostly hands-on and teambased and will provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 100%

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SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6110

COURSE TITLE: MEDICAL PHYSICS LABORATORY COURSE II

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Experimentation, observation and working knowledge skills are very necessary for

Biomedical Physicists. Medical Physics Laboratory Course II is a modern physics course where all the Medical Physics students will be exposed to a variety of techniques, associated with radiological diagnostic instruments, gain skills in measuring radiation fields, familiarise themselves with various imaging modalities and be able to compare the advantages and disadvantages of each. These skills are needed for all the other modules of the specialization in Medical Physics and will be developed holistically through this module which focuses entirely on practical skills. This course is one of the seven courses in the Medical Physics elective providing the necessary background knowledge for Biomedical Physics. Laboratory exercises will be mostly hands-on and team-based and will provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material.

Assessment

Course-work 100%

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SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6111

COURSE TITLE: ORTHOPAEDIC BIOMECHANICS

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will address the use of mechanical parameters such as force, stress and strain,stiffness, and elasticity to understand the biological processes and mechanisms related to the structure and function of bone. The contributory factors involved in injuries of the lower extremity, upper extremity, and the axial skeleton will be considered. Additionally, biomechanical principles will be reviewed and a thorough treatment of the design, analysis, and development of bone-prosthetic systems in the case of fracture fixation, prosthetic implant design, and hip and knee arthroplasty will be provided.

Assessment

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 40%

Final Exam 60%

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SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6112

COURSE TITLE: HUMAN MOTOR CONTROL

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Motor controls are the information processing activities carried out by our central nervous system that helps us organize, move and coordinate our movements and muscles. Movement is central to the existence of human life. It results from the intricate coordinated actions of nerves, muscles, tendons, bones, and other physiological components. In order to understand movement it is necessary to investigate the mechanisms underlying the interaction of these musculoskeletal components and the control strategies of the central nervous system during the performance motor tasks or the maintenance of posture in able bodied individuals and in individuals with neuromotor pathologies. Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and tutorials in order to provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 40%

Final Exam 60%

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SEMESTER: 2

COURSE CODE: BIPH6113

COURSE TITLE: ANALYSIS OF HUMAN MOVEMENT

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Basic biomechanical and anatomical concepts of human movement will be applied

to normal and abnormal movement patterns so that students develop the ability to scientifically analyze

movements. Additionally this course will examine the techniques and instrumentation used to record, measure and analyze all body movements as mechanical systems so as to improve functional outcomes and the quality of life for individuals with a movement disorder at any age. Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and tutorials in order to provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material. Presentation of lectures will use case studies, multimedia and interactive presentations.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 40%

Final Exam 60%

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SEMESTER: 2

COURSE CODE: BIPH6114

COURSE TITLE: IMPLANT MATERIALS & TECHNOLOGY

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The success of any implant or medical device depends on the biomaterial used. Many synthetic materials (such as metals, polymers and composites) have been developed which have greatly

contributed to the effectiveness of today’s medical devices. This course aims to familiarize students with the various types of materials used in medical implants, biomechanical requirements of implant materials, tissue attachment mechanisms, concepts of biocompatibility, biological response and interactions between implantable materials and biological systems. Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and tutorials in order to provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material. Presentation of lectures will employ the use of models, multimedia and interactive presentations.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 40%

Final Exam 60%

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SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6115

COURSE TITLE: REHABILITATION & ASSISTIVE

TECHNOLOGIES

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Previous modules in this specialization have looked at the ability of the human

body and its extremities to move and carry out the activities of daily living, motor control and motor

learning. However, when impairment in the human motor control system arises due to traumatic accident or

disease then assistive systems can be designed to interact with the human motor system so as to exchange

information and help restore lost movement capability. Teaching will consist of lectures, seminars and tutorials in order to provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material. Presentation of lectures will employ a variety of models,multimedia and interactive presentations.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 40%

Final Exam 60%

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SEMESTER: 2

COURSE CODE: BIPH6116

COURSE TITLE: MOVEMENT ANALYSIS & REHABILITATION - LABORATORY COURSE I

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Experimentation, observation and working knowledge skills are very necessary for

Biomedical Physicists. Movement Analysis & Rehabilitation Engineering - Laboratory Course I is a modern physics course where all the Biomedical Physics students will be exposed to a variety of techniques,        concepts and skills in medical diagnostics and treatment. These skills are needed for all the other modules of the specialization in Biomedical Physics and will concentrate on laboratory exercises, will be mostly hands-on and team-based, and field trips which will provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material and to question professionals in the field. This course is one of the seven courses in the Movement Analysis & Rehabilitation elective providing the necessary background knowledge for Biomedical Physicists.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 100%

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SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: BIPH6117

COURSE TITLE: MOVEMENT ANALYSIS & REHABILITATION - LABORATORY COURSE II

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITE:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Experimentation, observation and working knowledge skills are necessary for Biomedical Physicists. Movement Analysis & Rehabilitation - Laboratory Course II is a modern physics course designed to expose all Biomedical Physics students to a variety of techniques, concepts and skills in medical diagnostics and treatment. These skills are needed for all the other modules of the specialization in Medical Physics and will be developed holistically through this module which focuses entirely on practical skills. This course is one of the seven courses in the Movement Analysis & Rehabilitation elective. It will concentrate on laboratory exercises, will be mostly hands-on and team-based, and field trips which will provide students with ample opportunities and methods for engaging with the course material and to question professionals in the field.

 

ASSESSMENT

Course-work 100%

 

 

SEMESTER: 1

COURSE CODE: COMP 6501

COURSE TITLE: RESEARCH METHODS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

CREDITS: 3

PREREQUISITES:

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will introduce students to three non-technical but yet important topics, Research Methods (1 credit), Entrepreneurship (1 credit) and Intellectual Property (1 credit). The course will be taught by Faculty Members as well as invited Lecturers from industry. The objective is to provide students with the tools needed for starting a business as well as preparing them for work on their thesis.

 

ASSESSMENT:

Paper Reports 60%

Paper presentations 30%

Class Participation 10%

 

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