Anatomy and Cell Biology


Education Track in Anatomy PhD

The Education Track in Anatomy PhD Program trains doctoral-level anatomy educators to teach all of the anatomical disciplines to undergraduate, graduate or medical students and to produce high-quality educational research. The Education Track in Anatomy 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 Education Track PhD requires a minimum of 90 credit hours, which includes 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.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Education Track in Anatomy PhD program must possess a bachelor’s degree, preferably in biology or a related scientific field. Successful applicants ordinarily have an undergraduate GPA above 3.4 and score above the 50th percentile overall on the GRE, with strong scores on the writing portion of the test. Students with prior graduate or professional school training (such as a master’s degree) are given special consideration for admission.

When applying, prospective students must prepare a personal statement that describes his/ her background and interests and explains why this program meets his or her career goals. Applicants must also submit three letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s suitability for a career in teaching and the potential of independent educational scholarship. Applicants should arrange for test scores to be sent to Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis from the testing service company.

For GRE Scores, use Institutional Code 1325 (IUPUI) and Department Code 0609 (Medical Sciences). For MCAT scores, applicants must attach a verifiable copy of scores to the program application as a separate document or email to the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. TOEFL Scores (required of international applicants from non-English speaking countries) must use Institutional Code 1325 (IUPUI) and Department Code 45.

Under the section Intended Program and Plan, applicants should make the following selections from the drop-down menus:

What type of degree do you intend to pursue? Doctoral/PhD
Academic Program Anatomy
Academic Plan Anatomy PhD Education Track
Are you applying to a dual degree program? No

Letters of recommendation may be submitted through the online application system or mailed directly to the address below. College transcripts must be mailed directly to:

Jessica N. Byram, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology
Indiana University School of Medicine
Medical Science Building, Room 5025H
635 Barnhill Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120

Financial Aid

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.