Contemporary Human Anatomy students inspect an interactive anatomage table.

Contemporary Human Anatomy, MS

Earn a master’s degree in three semesters and learn an innovative, technological approach to a traditional science.

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What is Contemporary Human Anatomy?

It’s called "contemporary" because it’s learning the human body through medical imaging and dissection – a different perspective than scientists have used for the past 100 years in anatomy.

This three-semester program marries traditional sciences and classic anatomy coursework with emerging technologies, such as virtual dissection, 3D printing and plastination.

What are my career options?

A master's in contemporary human anatomy will prepare students for a diverse array of further educational opportunities or job markets, including:

  • Allopathic/osteopathic medical school
  • Health professional schools
  • Medical education
  • Medical illustration
  • Medical laboratories
  • Medical examiner offices
  • Medical model engineering
  • Biotechnology companies
Students gathered around a model of a skull

Why choose EVMS?

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Customized curriculum

Freedom to select the electives and capstone project that best prepare you for your post-graduate goals.

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Full-body dissection

Dissection experience at a ratio of 2 students to 1 anatomical donor (cadaver).

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Teaching opportunities

Options to serve as teaching assistants for courses in gross anatomy, ultrasound or histology.

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Opt-out

Potential course exemptions if you matriculate into our MD or Health Professions programs.

Beyond the textbook

Ultrasound training

Early in their careers, EVMS students learn to use this powerful and portable technology to look beneath the surface in real time.

Ultrasound training

Our physicians and scientists are leading the way in incorporating ultrasound into the curriculum, encouraging ultrasound use at the patient’s bedside and finding new applications for the technology — such as EVMS-led research that is accelerating the diagnosis of fetal heart problems.

In addition, EVMS researchers are developing training models and educational methodologies to prepare students to effectively use this emerging and evolving technology.

Hands-on training

Students engage in a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities at EVMS.

Hands-on training

Contemporary Human Anatomy training experiences may include:

  • Plastinating and preserving specimens in the lab
  • Employing 3D printing techniques
  • Working with clay and computers in the medical modeling lab
  • Programming software at our modeling and simulation center
  • Partnering with medical and PhD candidates on research
  • Reading MRI and CT images
Virtual dissection

Innovative tools like the virtual dissection table enable students to practice dissection techniques outside the cadaver lab.

Virtual dissection

Students can explore anatomy using our interactive, state-of-the-art Anatomage table, which allows them to manipulate a 3D rendering of a donor and practice hands-on skills in an environment that is available at all hours of the day. This training can bolster students' abilities in dissecting in the lab and in using emerging technologies.

Ultrasound training

Early in their careers, EVMS students learn to use this powerful and portable technology to look beneath the surface in real time.

Hands-on training

Students engage in a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities at EVMS.

Ultrasound training

Our physicians and scientists are leading the way in incorporating ultrasound into the curriculum, encouraging ultrasound use at the patient’s bedside and finding new applications for the technology — such as EVMS-led research that is accelerating the diagnosis of fetal heart problems.

In addition, EVMS researchers are developing training models and educational methodologies to prepare students to effectively use this emerging and evolving technology.

Virtual dissection

Innovative tools like the virtual dissection table enable students to practice dissection techniques outside the cadaver lab.

Ultrasound training

Early in their careers, EVMS students learn to use this powerful and portable technology to look beneath the surface in real time.

Hands-on training

Students engage in a wide range of hands-on learning opportunities at EVMS.

Virtual dissection

Innovative tools like the virtual dissection table enable students to practice dissection techniques outside the cadaver lab.

Ultrasound training

Our physicians and scientists are leading the way in incorporating ultrasound into the curriculum, encouraging ultrasound use at the patient’s bedside and finding new applications for the technology — such as EVMS-led research that is accelerating the diagnosis of fetal heart problems.

In addition, EVMS researchers are developing training models and educational methodologies to prepare students to effectively use this emerging and evolving technology.

Hands-on training

Contemporary Human Anatomy training experiences may include:

  • Plastinating and preserving specimens in the lab
  • Employing 3D printing techniques
  • Working with clay and computers in the medical modeling lab
  • Programming software at our modeling and simulation center
  • Partnering with medical and PhD candidates on research
  • Reading MRI and CT images

Virtual dissection

Students can explore anatomy using our interactive, state-of-the-art Anatomage table, which allows them to manipulate a 3D rendering of a donor and practice hands-on skills in an environment that is available at all hours of the day. This training can bolster students' abilities in dissecting in the lab and in using emerging technologies.

Looking for a short-term option? Check out our 8-week intensive Certificate in Anatomy.

A look at the plastination process

A look at the plastination process

Students in the CHA program have access to our in-house plastination and preservation laboratory for specimen production. Plastination keeps anatomical tissues from decaying and allows them to be handled by students without exposure to toxic chemicals and pathogens.