Anatomy, Cell Biology and Physiology

Education Track PhD Curriculum

For the Education Track Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree, a student must complete a total of 90 credit hours. Most of these hours, 61 credits, come from this list of required coursework.

Biomedical Core (35-37 hours)

Biomedical Core courses offer rigorous training in the major biomedical disciplines of gross anatomy, histology, neuroscience, cell biology and physiology as well as supervised and mentored teaching experiences with medical students and graduate students.

CourseCredit HoursNotes
MED X620 Human Structure9
MED X630 Molecules to Cells and Tissues7
MED X660 Neuroscience and Behavior6
OR ANAT D701 Translational Neuroscience5
MED X640 Fundamentals of Health and Disease6
OR PHSL F503 Human Physiology5
ANAT D861 Anatomy Education Seminar1Required yearly, which sums to 5 credit hours assuming a 5-year degree completion time. This seminar series focuses on educational topics rather than bench research.
ANAT D878 Anatomy Teaching Practicum2Supervised teaching in Gross Anatomy, Histology and Neuroscience (repeated twice for 4 hours total). This teaching involves lecturing as well as assisting in laboratory instruction.

Education Core (18 hours)

Education Core courses cover fundamentals of pedagogy and assessment, including educational research and scholarship.

CourseCredit Hours
MSCI M620 Pedagogical Methods in the Health Sciences3
OR SHRS W672 College Teaching Methodologies3
EDUC J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum3
OR EDUC C750 Curriculum in Higher Education3
EDUC P540 Learning and Cognition in Education3
EDUC Y611 Qualitative Inquiry in Education3
EDUC Y521 Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry (preferred)3
OR EDUC Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry3

In special circumstances, either of the following courses may substitute for Y521 or Y520 with permission of the student’s advisory committee: EDUC Y510 Action Research (3) or EDUC C750 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (3). Along with ONE of the following courses:

  • EDUC Y525 Survey Research (3)
  • EDUC Y603 Statistical Design of Educational Research (3)
  • EDUC C750 Topical Seminar (3)
  • Other education course if approved by the student’s advisory committee

Statistics (6-7 hours)

Statistics courses provide statistical tools needed to properly design and evaluate educational research projects.

CourseCredit HoursNotes
EDUC Y502 Intermediate Statistics Applied to Education3Requires concurrent registration with EDUC Y500 Computer Lab for Educational Statistics (1) (prerequisite: EDUC Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry or a course in basic statistics) OR PBHL B551 Biostatistics for Public Health I (3).
EDUC Y604 Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research3
OR PBHL B652 Biostatistics for Public Health II3

Electives (28-31 hours)

Electives must be selected in consultation with advisor. Students are encouraged to take at least 9 hours of advanced coursework in the biomedical sciences, education or statistics. Examples of suitable electives include but are not limited to:

ElectiveCredit Hours
ANAT D864 Advanced Gross Anatomy2
ANAT D856 Advanced Histology2
ANAT D875 Advanced Neuroanatomy2
ANAT D700 Educational Research Practicum2
ANAT D878 Anatomy Teaching Practicum2
ANAT D853 Human Developmental Anatomy3
GRDM G655 Research Communications Seminar1
STAT 53300 Nonparametric Statistics3
PSY 60800 Measurement Theory and Interpretation of Data3
TECH 58100 Mixed Methods Research4
EDUC Y612 Critical Qualitative Inquiry3
EDUC C795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation3

Exams and Dissertation

After completing the coursework, students are required to pass a qualifying examination that tests knowledge of anatomy, grasp of relevant literature, and ability to form educational research hypotheses and design studies to test these hypotheses. Students must successfully complete a doctoral research project, including the writing and defense of a Dissertation. ANAT D860 Dissertation Research (credit arranged) sufficient to complete the 90-credit-hour degree requirement.