PhD in Anatomy & Neurobiology
This 64 credit doctoral program includes courses in Anatomy and Neuroscience that are offered within this department or are offered by related departments on the Medical Campus. An integral part of the program is the requirement for students to participate as Teaching Fellows in Medical and Graduate school courses as part of our Vesalius Teaching Apprenticeship. The PhD program is designed to produce well-rounded biomedical scientists who expect to include both research and teaching in their career.
The PhD curriculum consists of required courses, seminars and electives as well as Dissertation Research. Overview of the 64-credit PhD program:
- Required Courses: 30-32 credits
- Electives and/or Research: 32-34 credits
- Optional: Vesalius Module
To see more details on the courses we offer, please visit the Course Description page.
The goals of the Doctor of Anatomy & Neurobiology Program are to provide trainees with the knowledge base and skills to become proficient in basic biomedical research and to develop outstanding pedagogic skills. Successful completion of these goals enables our students to pursue further studies in the biomedical sciences including teaching, research, and health care. At the conclusion of the program students will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of Anatomy, Neuroscience, Statistics, and other graduate-level elective anatomical and neuroscience topics through successful completion of our core curriculum.
- Demonstrate proficiency in pedagogical skills in the context of the Teaching in Biomedical Sciences course and through teaching fellowships in advanced biomedical courses (as listed above).
- Demonstrate an understanding of pedagogical theory through the development of a mentored Vesalius teaching practicum, which involves the development of a didactic lesson or exercise under the direct mentorship of department faculty.
- Demonstrate proficiency in scientific data acquisition and analysis through mentored research in one of the department’s research labs.
- Describe and interpret scientific findings of their laboratory research study through the development of a written, publication-quality thesis.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the professional skills (including an ability to read and interpret scientific literature) required of biomedical scientists and educators.