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Education Track PhD

The Education Track PhD Program at Indiana University School of Medicine trains doctoral-level anatomy educators to teach all of the anatomical disciplines and physiology to undergraduate, graduate or medical students and to produce high-quality educational research (rather than laboratory-based research).

There is a growing recognition that medical education should be evaluated with the same rigor as medical science in order to train high-caliber physicians. Few basic science faculty members are qualified to conduct the necessary research. This Education Track is unique in that it prepares students to become medical education researchers as well as anatomy and physiology teachers. This program exemplifies a highly successful collaboration between the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Indiana University School of Education.

Begin Education Track PhD Study

Applications for the Anatomy and Cell Biology PhD Education Track program must be submitted to the IUPUI Graduate Office by December 1. All application materials must be received by the December 15 deadline to be considered.

Training Locations

The Education Track PhD is offered in two separate programs at two IU School of Medicine locations: Indianapolis and Bloomington. The curriculum is virtually identical at both locations, but training can be tailored to leverage the unique educational opportunities available at each campus.

The information here refers specifically to the PhD program at the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis. Find details on the Education Track in Anatomy PhD program offered by IU School of Medicine–Bloomington on the Bloomington campus pages of this site.

Degree Requirements

Designed as a five-year program, the Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology PhD Education Track at IU School of Medicine requires a minimum of 90 credit hours, which includes approximately 70 credits in required coursework and 20 credits in research. The coursework curriculum is divided into two core areas and also includes statistics courses and electives.

Financial Aid and Support

Financial aid is available to qualified PhD program applicants on a competitive basis in the form of Departmental Stipends and Fee Scholarship (fee remission) Awards. Qualified PhD program applicants are funded through Associate Instructor (AI) teaching positions that include a 12-month stipend and fee remission awards. Associate Instructor positions are offered all three semesters if the student remains in good academic standing and demonstrates sufficient progress toward degree completion.


The IUPUI Graduate Office online application must be submitted by December 1 for fall semester admission to the Education Track in Anatomy PhD program at IU School of Medicine. A complete application contains an online admissions application which includes personal statement questions, application fee ($70 non-refundable), three letters of recommendation, CV/Resume, and official transcripts.