Master of Science in Modern Human Anatomy
Explore human anatomy within a technology-driven and project-intensive curriculum
The vision of this new two-year master's degree program in Modern Human Anatomy at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus emerges from the virtual world of advanced imaging and 3-D modeling of the human body and is built upon strong foundations in the anatomical sciences.
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.
We are seeking applicants to the Master of Science in Modern Human Anatomy with special talents, experience, and backgrounds. These might range from previous training in areas such as:
cell or molecular biology
illustration and graphic design
imaging to include 3D-digital art
microscopic and confocal imaging
image segmentation and rendering
Applicants must complete a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university prior to admission to the program. The Graduate School requires that applicants have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students with a cumulative GPA under 3.0 will be considered for admission on a provisional basis.
Students entering the Master of Science in Modern Human Anatomy will be taking gross anatomy alongside medical students, and will be required to take MSMHA courses which require a substantive background in biological sciences. Due to the challenges facing students in the core courses for this MSMHA degree, it is required that applicants successfully complete full course cycles with B or better grades in the following areas:
2 semesters of college-level general biology with labs
2 semesters of general chemistry with labs
1 semester of statistics
1 semester of college physics (algebra or calculus based)
In addition to these courses, the completion of a 3000-level cell biology course is highly recommended.
Potential applicants who have not completed the above courses may be considered for the program, based on the applicant’s strengths, background, and competencies.
Official GRE scores OR MCAT scores are required, and must be 5 years old or less. This requirement may be waived for those with a prior master's degree from a United States university.
International applicants are required to submit TOEFL scores, and must have transcripts evaluated by WES or a similar service.
Team-based mini-projects will be prevalent throughout the Modern Human Anatomy curriculum.
Fall Semester of First Year
Human Anatomy (7.5), first 10 weeks of Fall semester
Imaging and Modeling I (3)
Embryology (2), following the completion of Human Anatomy
Spring Semester of First Year
Teaching Anatomy in a Professional Degree Program (2)
Imaging and Modeling II (2), first 7 weeks of Spring semester
Histophysiology (3), first 7 weeks of Spring semester
Fundamentals of Structure & Function in the Human Nervous System (4), following Spring Break, the last 8 weeks of the semester
Summer Semester of First YearTeaching in a Professional Program (1)
Capstone Project (2)
The Summer semester has built-in flexibility. Students may complete the required teaching requirement during the summer, and may also start work on the Capstone Project. Students may elect to not attend in the summer. A sample schedule follows:
Fall Semester of Second Year
MSMHA Elective (3)
Capstone Project (1-8)
Teaching in a Professional Program (1) if not completed in the Summer semester
Spring Semester of Second Year
MSMHA Elective (3)
MSMHA Elective (3)
Capstone Project (1-8)
The M.S. in Modern Human Anatomy degree program was conceived to address the shortage of Anatomical Science educators. The degree program is also designed to integrate technology, imaging, and simulation into classical human anatomical studies. Partnerships have been formed with clinical units on the Anschutz Medical Campus, which create avenues for students to prepare for a broad range of careers.
Graduates of the MS in Modern Human Anatomy will be prepared to enter career fields such as:
medical device manufacturing
Graduates will also be well-aligned to enter graduate schools, as well as professional schools, such as medical school, physical therapy school, dental school, and law school.
The curriculum is designed to provide students with the flexibility to tailor the degree to fit their career goals and ambitions.
The strength of the M.S. in Modern Human Anatomy program is the accomplished faculty who will be teaching and mentoring students.
Core faculty in the program include:
Dr. Vic Spitzer, Program Director and Professor
Dr. Spitzer is the Director of the Center for Human Simulation, and is the innovator behind the Visible Human project.
Dr. Mike Carry, Associate Professor
Dr. Carry received both the Chancellor’s Teaching Recognition Award and Outstanding Basic Sciences Instructor awards for the School of Dentistry in 2011.
Dr. Norma Wagoner, Senior Lecturer
Dr. Wagoner has received numerous teaching awards, most recently “Most Inspiring Instructor Class of 2013, University of Colorado School of Medicine."
Dr. Robin Michaels, Associate Professor
Dr. Michaels directs the Essentials Core medical curriculum, and is instrumental in the development of the M.S. in Modern Human Anatomy curriculum.
Dr. Robin Michaels and Dr. Mike Carry
Anschutz Medical Campus
The Modern Human Anatomy program is housed on the Anschutz Medical Campus, with the program's newly rennovated suite located on the 5th floor of Building 500.
The Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora is the world's only completely new education, research and patient care facility and the largest academic health center between Chicago and the West Coast, north of Texas.
The campus consists of three zones that promote collaboration and innovation:
Education Zone - With remarkable facilities for training future physicians and other health professionals
Research Zone - Internationally renowned for its ground-breaking research
Clinical Care Zone - In proximity to the School of Medicine's primary adult and pediatric hospital partners—University of Colorado Hospital and Children's Hospital Colorado
The FactsA projected 6.5 million gross square feet of cutting-edge education, patient care and research space
More than 500,000 patients served annually
Key industry partners in the adjacent Fitzsimons Life Science District