The PhD program in Anatomy at Penn State College of Medicine is designed for those interested in acquiring advanced training in the anatomical sciences.
The doctoral degree provides coursework to help students achieve advanced understanding of specific knowledge related to human anatomic sciences, including medical gross anatomy, human embryology and human microscopic anatomy.
The program provides the resources for students to acquire specialty training and teaching experience necessary to pursue an academic career in the biological sciences.
In addition to the traditional areas of study including human gross anatomy, human didactic laboratory (human structure), human microscopy anatomy and human embryology, the 30-credit curriculum includes core courses in neuroanatomy, cell biology, systems biology and energy metabolism. Courses in ethics ensure students will conduct their activities with the highest of ethical standards.
Each student will conduct original biomedical research under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in the oral defense of a written thesis.
Doctoral students also have the opportunity to gain teaching experience in discipline-specific fields of human embryology, medical gross anatomy, and neuroanatomy, and to engage in all areas of didactic, team-based learning and cadaver-laboratories for medical students and physician assistant students.
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