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.

Admissions Process

The online application must be submitted by January 15 for fall semester admission. In the online application, applicants should make the following selections from the Intended Program and Plan drop-down menus:

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

A complete application contains an online admissions application, application fee ($60 non-fundable), personal statement, three letters of recommendation, test scores, and official transcripts.
All correspondence should be sent to Jessica N. Byram, PhD.

Financial Aid & Support

Qualified PhD program applicants will be funded via Associate Instructor (AI) teaching positions that include a 12-month stipend and fee remission awards. AI positions will be offered all three semesters if the student remains in good academic standing and demonstrates sufficient progress toward degree completion.

Official transcripts from all previous colleges and university are required. Electronic or hard copy transcripts are acceptable. Hard copies of transcripts must be mailed directly to:
Jessica N. Byram, PhD
Anatomy and Cell Biology
Medical Science Building, Room 5035
635 Barnhill Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5120

Applicants should arrange for GRE and/or TOEFL 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.

A personal statement must be uploaded as a part of the online application. The personal statement should describe the applicant’s background and interests and explains why the Education track in Anatomy PhD program meets his or her career goals. Applicants may submit a curriculum vitae (CV) as further support of background and experience.

Recommendation letters should address the applicant’s suitability for a career in teaching, intellectual potential, motivation for graduate study, and the potential of independent educational scholarship. Referees may either utilize the electronic submission option generated from the online application or email recommendations directly to Jessica N. Byram, PhD.

Prior to the application deadline of January 15, applicants should contact the Indianapolis Education Track in Anatomy PhD program director, Jessica N. Byram (, to ensure all application materials have been received.

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.