Program director
Kenneth Wright

The School of Medicine's Division of Anatomy offers curricula leading to the Master of Science or the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The core curriculum offers a broad biomedical background.  Course work provides opportunities for qualified students not only to study all aspects of human morphology from both didactic and investigative points of view, but also to develop a special area of research interest. Study and research on other species and in other biomedical disciplines may be included in the student's curriculum. While working on a significant research problem, students are introduced to research methods through scientific literature and the laboratory. They acquire experience in scientific communication by participating in seminars, writing critical reviews, and reporting results of research experience either in thesis/dissertation form or as publishable/published papers.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to prepare the graduate for a career in independent research and teaching in university, clinical, biotechnological, or government environments. In addition to technical skills, doctoral degree students are expected to develop creativity and independence.

The Master of Science degree provides content appropriate for persons preparing to teach at the secondary level or in related professional school areas, or for persons intending to pursue careers as research technicians.

Program learning outcomes

By the end of the anatomy program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Apply the biomedical sciences to the study of human anatomy.
  2. Demonstrate mastery of molecular, cellular, and integrative aspects of anatomy.
  3. Interpret current literature in anatomy.
  4. Make original contributions to biomedical science.
  5. Demonstrate scientific and professional ethics.
  6. Explain the process of applying for external funding.*

* This objective is not applicable to M.S. degree students.

First-year curriculum (Ph.D. degree)

The first-year curriculum includes a course sequence taught by an interdisciplinary faculty that integrates all the disciplines of the biomedical basic science areas—moving from molecules through cellular mechanisms to integrated systems. In addition, a supplemental course covers research-related topics such as scientific communication and integrity, information handling and statistics, and successful grant proposal writing. Students learn of new developments in the biomedical sciences through weekly seminars, and gain presentation skills in a weekly student presentation seminar series. During the subsequent years, formal courses continue to broaden and integrate into a meaningful whole an understanding of the clinical consequences of cellular events.

Research units

A student will, at all times, enroll for research units. An IP will be assigned until the student registers for new units. The units should be spread over the time it takes to complete the thesis or dissertation research satisfactorily. An IP may not be carried longer than five quarters.