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What is Modern Human Anatomy?


MSMHA Student Adam Lawson using surgery simulator
MSMHA student, Adam Lawson, using surgery simulator

​​The Master of Science in Modern Human Anatomy (MSMHA) at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is an innovative and unique program that brings together the strengths of an established anatomy and developmental biology curriculum with the foundations of technology in the Visible Human Project.  It is an evolving vision with the flexibility to generate a bridge between rigorous traditional training in anatomy and new technical demands of clinical medicine in the 21st Century.

Extensions of the virtual 3-D human body are​ at the forefront of diagnostic imaging and surgical interventions that are increasingly commonplace in the medical setting. Virtual human anatomy and advanced imaging technology have also become a platform for the development of new instructional venues as well as the design of simulators and protocols for advanced procedural training. This two year program will prepare graduates to work in a broad spectrum of educational and biomedical sub-specialties where creativity and innovation abound and knowledge of human anatomy is highly valued.​

The Master of Science in Modern Human Anatomy provides this graduate level training and teaching experience in the physical and virtual anatomical sciences through human cadaver dissection, neuroanatomy, histology and embryology; all addressed from a modern perspective stressing quantitative imaging, modeling, informatics and clinical applications.  The curriculum is translational in integrating computer and engineering technologies into the domains of anatomy and developmental biology through a project oriented curriculum. 

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1st year student, Stuti Das, and Dr. Salcedo view heart ultrasound of student, Fred Gonzales, in ANAT 6201 lab