PhD Education Track in Anatomy Program Curriculum

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

These 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.

  • GRDM X620 Human Structure (9)
  • GRDM X630 Molecules to Cells and Tissues (7)
  • GRDM X660 Neuroscience and Behavior (6) or ANAT D701 Translational Neuroscience (5)
  • GRDM X640 Fundamentals of Health and Disease (6) or PHSL F503 Human Physiology (5)
  • ANAT D861 Anatomy Education Seminar (1); required 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 Practicum (2); supervised teaching in Gross Anatomy, Histology and Neuroscience (repeated 3 times for 6 hours total); this teaching involves lecturing as well as assisting in laboratory instruction.

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

  • MSCI M620 Pedagogical Methods in the Health Sciences (3) or SHRS W672 College Teaching Methodologies (3)
  • EDUC J500 Instruction in the Context of Curriculum (3) or EDUC C750 Curriculum in Higher Education (3)
  • EDUC P540 Learning and Cognition in Education (3)
  • EDUC Y611 Qualitative Inquiry in Education (3)
  • EDUC Y521 Methodological Approaches to Educational Inquiry (3) (preferred) or EDUC Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry (3)

And select 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

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

  • EDUC Y502 Intermediate Statistics Applied to Education (3) or PBHL B551 Biostatistics for Public Health I (3)
  • EDUC Y604 Multivariate Analysis in Educational Research (3) or PBHL B562 Biostatistics for Public Health II (3)

Electives must be selected in consultation with advisor. Students are required 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:

  • ANAT D864 Advanced Gross Anatomy (2)
  • ANAT D856 Advanced Histology (2)
  • ANAT D875 Advanced Neuroanatomy (2)
  • ANAT D700 Educational Research Practicum (2)
  • ANAT D853 Human Developmental Anatomy (3)
  • GRDM G655 Research Communications Seminar (1)
  • STAT 53300 Nonparametric Statistics (3)
  • PSY 60800 Measurement Theory and Interpretation of Data (3)
  • OLS 53010 Mixed Methods Research (3)
  • EDUC Y612 Critical Qualitative Inquiry (3)
  • EDUC C795 Dissertation Proposal Preparation (3)

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.