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Curriculum Overview


1st year students celebrate the completion of the 1st year curriculum


Designed to integrate traditional anatomy with modern medical and scientific technologies, our program offers a unique blend of classical anatomical education with an introduction to medical imaging modalities. Through the 1st-year core curriculum, students receive substantive training in each anatomical sub-discipline: gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, embryology and histology. Students also cover major medical and scientific imaging modalities and receive instruction in advanced digital image processing and 3D modeling using industry-standard software.

In the second year, students gain hands-on teaching experience at the graduate or professional level, take electives, and/or complete independent study projects that contribute to their own area(s) of interest. During this time, students also complete a Capstone Project, a scholarly and/or research-based novel work contributing to anatomical sciences broadly defined. The development of such projects fosters the students’ creativity, intellectual growth and provides an opportunity to apply fundamental knowledge and skills gained from the program.

Our program builds on the strengths of an established anatomy and developmental biology curriculum, the technological foundations exemplified by the Visible Human Project, and the modern amenities of a state-of-the-art medical campus. Thus, the curriculum offers a unique perspective into the modern anatomical and educational research and the clinical world that will prepare the student for the technical demands of human anatomy in the 21st Century.

"Being in the MSMHA program has helped me to solidify that I want to pursue a career in healthcare while also enabling me the opportunity to pursue other things that I love to do around the community/Colorado, i.e. - teaching, volunteering in pediatrics, skiing, hiking, etc. During just our first year classes, I learned so much about medical diagnostics and imaging techniques, current medical research, ways to effectively communicate scientific topics, and human anatomy/embryology/neuroanatomy/histology, that I truly feel well equipped to utilize my knowledge and skills in my future profession."
-- Molika Keeler, MSMHA Class of 2017​​​

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MSMHA Curriculum For Students Matriculating Fall 2016


The course structure represented below is intended for full-time students in the program. The curriculum and course sequences may be modified to suit the needs of each stud​ent. Please consult with a faculty advisor to discuss possible deviations from this academic plan.

Important Note:  August 29th is the first day of class for students starting the program in Fall 2015.​

Fall 2016 Course Schedule Map (dates and times)​


​Fall 2016 Semester

ANAT 6205, Imaging and Modeling (5 credits)
ANAT 6321, Human Histology (4 credits)
ANAT 6330, Human Embryology (2 credits)
ANAT 6412, Foundations of Teaching​ (1 credit)
ANAT 6600, Experimental Design and Research Methods (1 credit)
Total: 13 credits


Spring 2017 Semester

ANAT 6111, Human Gross Anatomy (8 credits)
ANAT 6310, Fundamentals of Structure and Function in the Human Nervous System (4 credits)
Total: 12 credits


Summer 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018

ANAT 6910, Teaching Practicum (1 credit)
ANAT 6950, Capstone Project (8 credits)​
MSMHA Electives (9 credits)
Total: 18 credits


TOTAL: 43 credits


Note: ANAT 6750, Special Topics, and ANAT 6840, Independent Study, may be used to satisfy MSMHA electives. Please click on the course links for more information:

ANAT 6750, Special Topics
ANAT 6840, Independent Study

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MSMHA Curriculum For Students Matriculating Fall 2015


The course structure represented below is intended for full-time students in the program. The curriculum and course sequences may be modified to suit the needs of each stud​ent. Please consult with a faculty advisor to discuss possible deviations from this academic plan.

Important Note:  August 31st is the first day of class for students starting the program in Fall 2015.​

Fall 2015 Course Schedule Map (dates and times)​


​Fall 2015 Semester

ANAT 6205, Imaging and Modeling (5 credits)
ANAT 6321, Human Histology (4 credits)​
ANAT 6330, Human Embryology (2 credits)
ANAT 6411, Teaching and Communication in the Biomedical Professions​ (2 credits)
Total: 13 credits


Spring 2016 Semester

ANAT 6111, Human Gross Anatomy (8 credits)
ANAT 6310, Fundamentals of Structure and Function in the Human Nervous System (4 credits)
Total: 12 credits


Summer 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017

ANAT 6910, Teaching Practicum (1 credit)
ANAT 6950, Capstone Project (8 credits)​
MSMHA Electives (9 credits)
Total: 18 credits


TOTAL: 43 credits


Note: ANAT 6750, Special Topics, and ANAT 6840, Independent Study, may be used to satisfy MSMHA electives. Please click on the course links for more information:

ANAT 6750, Special Topics
ANAT 6840, Independent Study

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