Welcome to Anatomy at Ohio State

The Division of Anatomy has set a goal to help create the "New Anatomy" for health sciences education and practice by becoming a leading center for:
  • Anatomy undergraduate, graduate, & professional education and pedagogy
  • Training the next generation of anatomists
  • Research in diverse disciplines

The division has a large teaching mission and serves more than 2,400 undergraduates, graduate and professional students each year. Required and elective courses are offered in human anatomy, embryology, histology, neuroanatomy and radiological anatomy. The division also provides anatomy labs that are required in both the Med 3 Surgical rotation and the Clinical Skills Immersion Experience.

Anatomy Education 

More than 2,500 students enrolled in anatomy courses each year, including:

  • 1,800 undergraduate students
  • 80 graduate students
  • 92 physical and occupational therapy students
  • 110 dental students
  • 450 medical students

More than 30 graduate students pursuing PhD and MS degrees in anatomy and graduate students from other programs who are seeking a graduate minor in anatomy.

Research in Anatomy at Ohio State

Educational scholarships and research focuses on the creation and evaluation of the effectiveness of educational tools for the anatomical sciences, including:

  • Online histology
  • Web-based multimedia tools for asynchronous leaning
  • Anatomical Informatics - organize datasets of images to create 3-D embryological and anatomical models and simulations
  • Leaning style influence in Anatomy education and Biomedical Research

About the Body Donation Program

In the Division of Anatomy, anatomical donations are regarded as unselfish gifts to medical education and research. Donors and their families can be assured their contribution is appreciated and treated with the utmost respect. An anatomical donation may be used for education or research for the advancement of medical science and health initiatives. Examples of how the gift might be used include medical education and training, forensic sciences (pathology, engineering, anthropology, taphonomy), vehicle safety or the development of protective equipment (sports, military, law enforcement).

Lean more about the Body Donation Program.

Community Service

Outreach programs offer continuing education for practitioners and residents, as well as training for paramedics, and provide laboratory experiences to high school students interested in health careers.