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                            Contact: Kirk McHugh, PhD
                                      Faculty Liaison


Anatomy represents a foundational science discipline that impacts all other disciplines in a profound manner. In the modern era of NIH-funded research programs there has been an emphasis on basic scientists justifying their research as “translational” or “bench to bedside”. The goal of the Graduate Specialization Transcript Designation in Anatomy program is to provide trainees with a strong background in human gross anatomy, human neuroanatomy, human histology and human embryology. Gaining a better understanding of these fundamental principles will permit students to develop realistic bench to bedside research programs and increase the likelihood of successfully obtaining NIH funding.​​​

Course Requirements

In addition to the BSGP core requirements, students wishing to obtain a Graduate Specialization Transcript Designation in Anatomy must complete a minimum of eight (8) credit hours of the Approved Courses in Anatomy (ANAT) listed below:

      ·         ANAT 6600    Human Embryology (2 credits)

      ·         ANAT 6700    Human Histology (4 credits)

      ·         ANAT 6800    Human Neuroanatomy (4 credits)

      ·         ANAT 6900    Human Anatomy for Graduate Students (8 credits)


Students are expected to meet the BSGP core requirements regarding seminars. However, the Division of Anatomy offers two focused Seminars that are electives for students wishing to receive a Graduate Specialization Transcript Designation in Anatomy and include:

      ·         ANAT 7890    Anatomy Seminar in Education

      ·         ANAT 7891    Anatomy Seminar in Research

The Anatomy Seminar in Education focuses on the pedagogical approaches to Anatomy education and its importance across the educational landscape. The Anatomy Seminar in Research focuses on the specific areas of research that directly utilize anatomy as a functional part of their approach.

Program Rationale Statement​​ ​

The understanding of human anatomy represents a foundational principal in the study of medicine and science. This new specialization will improve the understanding of anatomy and will help its enrollees undertake high quality, impactful research. Currently, the BSGP does not have an emphasis on Anatomy, and this research specialization will correct this deficit. The importance of this emphasis area is reflected in NIH initiatives over the past several decades that have focused research efforts on bench to bedside, making an understanding of human structure and function critical to successful scientific career. The Division of Anatomy at The Ohio State University offers graduate students the opportunity to supplement their molecular and experimental expertise gained in the BSGP with a solid background in human anatomy. Human Embryology provides students with the basic anatomic information on human development including the ontogenesis of all the organ systems, something that is fundamental to designing transgenic and tissue-specific expression mouse lines. Human Gross Anatomy provides students with a thorough understand of the structure and function of the human body that is truly foundational for any student wishing to pursue a translational research career. Human Histology provides students with a better understanding of the cellular makeup and origins of all the tissues and organs in the body, which is critical in understanding human pathogenesis. Finally, Human Neuroanatomy is focused on the structural and functional organization of the nervous system providing students, especially those interested in neurobiology, with the background necessary to understand these complex relationships in normal human development and disease.