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. Most of these hours, 65 credits, come from this list of required coursework.

Rigorous training in the major anatomical disciplines of gross anatomy, histology, neuroscience and cell biology; supervised and mentored teaching experiences with medical students and graduate students.

  • ANAT A620 Human Structure (8)
  • MSCI M630 Molecules to Cells and Tissues (8)
  • MSCI M660 Neuroscience and Behavior (6)
  • PHSL P640 Fundamentals of Health and Disease (6)
  • ANAT A850 Seminar (1); required yearly, which would sum to 5 credit hours assuming a 5-year degree completion time; this seminar series focuses on educational topics rather than bench research.
  • ANAT A878 Anatomy Teaching Practicum (2); supervised teaching in Gross Anatomy, Histology, and Neuroscience (repeated for 4 hours total); this teaching entails lecturing as well as assisting in laboratory instruction.

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) (PREFERED)
    OR EDUC Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry (3)
    In special circumstances, either EDUC Y510 Action Research (3) or EDUC C750 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (3) may substitute for Y521 or Y520 with permission of the student’s advisory committee.
  • And ONE of these courses: EDUC Y525 Survey Research (3) OR EDUC Y603 Statistical Design of Educational Research (3) OR EDUC C750 Topical Seminar (3) OR another 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.

  • 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

A qualifying examination tests knowledge of anatomy, grasp of relevant literature, and ability to form educational research hypotheses and design studies to test these hypotheses. Normally, the qualifying examination is taken after the student has completed all course work for the PhD. The culmination of the PhD program is the writing of the dissertation, which is required of all doctoral students. The dissertation must be an original contribution to knowledge and of high scholarly merit.