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An Education Track PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology curriculum student on the Bloomington campus must complete a total of 90 credit hours.

Education Track PhD in Anatomy and Cell Biology Curriculum

For the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree associated with the Education Track in Anatomy, a student must complete a total of 90 credit hours. The majority of these hours come from this list of required coursework.

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Medical Anatomy Core Requirements (15 credits total) 4 Fields Option for Anatomy (14 Credits Total) Combination Anatomy Core (14-15 credits)  

ANAT A620 Human Structure – 9 credits

Anat A587 Advanced Human Anatomy (4)

(Offered spring of odd years)

ANAT A620 Human Structure (9) OR ANAT A587 Advanced Human Anatomy (4) AND ANAT A464 Human Tissue Biology( 4)

ANAT A464 (Human) – 4 credits

MSCI M660 Neuroscience and Behavior (6)(typically taken the spring of year 2) ORNEUS N500 Neural Sciences 1 (3) AND NEUS N501 Neural Science 2 (3)



Anat A591 Human Embryology (3)

(Offered spring of even years)

MSCI M660 Neuroscience and Behavior(6) OR ANAT A555 Introduction to Clinical Neuroanatomy (3) and ANAT A591 Human Embryology (3)


Anat A555 Introduction to Clinical Neuroanatomy (3)

(2nd 8 week course offered fall of odd years)


  • PHSL P640 Fundamentals of Health and Disease (6) OR PHSL F503 Human Physiology (5) OR BIOL P451 Integrative Human Physiology (4) OR PHSL P515 Basic Human Physiology for Educators (5) OR PHSL-P554 Environmental physiology (3) AND PHSL-P530 Readings (1-2 cr)*



  • ANAT A850 Seminar (1); required yearly, which would sum to 4 credit hours assuming a 4-year degree completion time; this seminar series focuses on educational topics rather than bench research.



  • ANAT A878 Anatomy Teaching Practicum (2); (repeated for 4 hours total) Supervised teaching in an upper-level undergraduate or graduate/medical anatomy-related course offered at IU School of Medicine-Bloomington. Teaching may involve being instructor of record, lecturing, and/or lab instruction.


Fundamentals of pedagogy and assessment, including educational research and scholarship. This is an individualized minor which must receive approval from the IU Graduate School prior to scheduling your defense

  • MSCI M620 Pedagogical Methods in the Health Sciences (3) OR SHRS W672 College Teaching Methodologies (3)
  • EDUC P540 Learning and Cognition in Education (3)
  • EDUC Y611 Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3)  OR EDUC Y612 Critical Qualitative Inquiry I (3) (MUST be taken with EDUC Y613 Critical Qualitative Inquiry II as additional methods course below) 

  • EDUC Y521 Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry (3) (PREFERED)
    OR EDUC Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry (3)

  •  A 3-cr hour Curriculum-Studies-based (EDUC-J) course (e.g., EDUC J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum [3] OR EDUC-J630 Curriculum Theory in practice [3]) OR an additional 3-credit hour Learning Sciences (EDUC-P) course (e.g., EDUC-P545 Educational Motivation)

  • And ONE of these courses: EDUC Y525 Survey Research (3) OR EDUC Y603 Statistical Design of Educational Research (3) OR EDUC Y640 Analyzing Qualitative Data OR EDUC Y650 (topics) OR EDUC Y613 Critical Qualitative Inquiry II (with EDUC Y612 above) OR another EDUC-Y education course if approved by the student’s advisory committee.

Statistical tools needed to properly design and evaluate educational research projects

  • EDUC Y502 Intermediate Statistics Applied to Education (3); requires concurrent registration with EDUC Y500 Computer Lab for Educational Statistics (1) (prerequisite: EDUC Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry or a course in basic statistics)

  • EDUC Y604 Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research (3); requires concurrent registration with EDUC Y500 Computer Lab for Educational Statistics (1)

Electives to be selected in consultation with advisor. Students are encouraged to take one or more advanced courses in the biomedical sciences, education or statistics. Electives and research credits include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • ANAT A530 Special Topics (cr. arr.), a supervised readings course with a faculty mentor (may be repeated for credit)

  • ANAT A800 Dissertation Research (cr. arr.), sufficient to complete the 90 credit hour degree requirement

  • PHSL P537 Topics in Clinical Physiology (3) may be taken up to two times for credit.

Written and oral, designed to test student’s knowledge in anatomy and/or medical education research and to defend the dissertation proposal. Examination in the minor area may be required. Student must complete and distribute their dissertation proposal at least 30 days prior to the written qualifying exams.

Oral defense of dissertation