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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, 3-D printing and plastination.

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

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

Virtual dissection

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

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 3-D 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
Plastinarium

Students may travel and learn body-preserving plastination techniques from world-renowned experts at the Plastinarium in Guben, Germany.

Plastinarium

During their visit to the Plastinarium in Guben, students handle plastinated parts and practice dissection techniques using state-of-the-art technology.

Among the instructors is the creator of plastination, Gunther von Hagens, who changed not only the study of anatomy but also the way the human body is viewed in his groundbreaking exhibition Body Worlds.

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.

Plastinarium

Students may travel and learn body-preserving plastination techniques from world-renowned experts at the Plastinarium in Guben, Germany.

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.

Plastinarium

Students may travel and learn body-preserving plastination techniques from world-renowned experts at the Plastinarium in Guben, Germany.

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 3-D 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

Plastinarium

During their visit to the Plastinarium in Guben, students handle plastinated parts and practice dissection techniques using state-of-the-art technology.

Among the instructors is the creator of plastination, Gunther von Hagens, who changed not only the study of anatomy but also the way the human body is viewed in his groundbreaking exhibition Body Worlds.

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, as well as the opportunity to travel abroad to study at the Plastinarium in Guben, Germany. Plastination keeps anatomical tissues from decaying and allows them to be handled by students without exposure to toxic chemicals and pathogens.