The EVMS Contemporary Human Anatomy master's program is an accelerated curriculum of 3 semesters designed to be flexible for each individual's unique career goals. Graduates gain a comprehensive understanding of the human body while acquiring teaching and research skills using cutting-edge technologies.

Course sequence





Course Descriptions

Clinical Gross Anatomy - MCHA500

This course builds the foundation required for students to learn basic descriptive, functional and clinical human anatomy through didactic lectures, small group learning activities and e-learning modules. Hands-on application of anatomical concepts and relationships will be gained through whole body dissection in small groups.

Instructional Methods - MCHA501

The course prepares students with theoretical foundations and practical techniques to plan, apply and design appropriate instructional methods while serving as a teaching assistant. It introduces a wide range of instructional methods and discusses techniques of writing good examination questions.

Medical Imaging - MCHA502

This course applies basic foundational anatomy principles to medical imaging including X-ray, MRI, CT and ultrasound. Students are expected to apply their cross-sectional knowledge to the interpretation and acquisition of medical images.

Embryology - MCHA503

This course consists of lectures devoted to the student's understanding of how the human body develops. Topics covered will include early embryogenesis, organogenesis and clinical embryology.

Histology of Cells and Tissues - MCHA510

The overall goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how cells become specialized to form tissues and how those tissues form organs. The course provides an essential foundation for understanding structure-function relationships in normal organs and how those relationships are affected by pathogenic mechanisms.

Research in Medical & Health Professions Education (online) - MHPE505 

This course provides the knowledge necessary to understand the purpose and process of educational research and help learners become informed consumers of research literature in the field of medical and health professions education. It will survey the major types of educational research in this area including qualitative and quantitative forms of analysis to better answer questions which cannot be studied in laboratory settings, particularly in the social sciences and education. This course will also examine criteria for evaluating empirical studies to ensure academic rigor.

Teaching Assistant - MCHA504

This course allows students to serve as teaching assistants for medical, physician assistant or graduate courses in gross anatomy or histology. Responsibilities would include prosection of specimens, laboratory instruction, small group facilitation, course reviews and design of innovative study materials.

General Mechanisms of Disease - BM531

This course introduces students to the general principles of disease including microbial, inflammatory, carcinogenic and genetic mechanisms of disease. Course content will be presented in lectures, small group activities, laboratories and e-modules.

Foundational Neuroanatomy - MCHA516

This course presents an overview of the human nervous system so that a student can understand the function of its complex parts as they relate to each other, to normal brain function and to major neurologic and psychiatric problems. This is an integrated neuroscience course that includes molecular, developmental, anatomical, metabolic, physiologic and pathologic concepts. Learning methodologies include lectures, wet labs, special dissections, small group problem-based learning and peer-to-peer teaching.

Capstone Project - MCHA507

All students participate in a capstone experience through a synthesis and integration of knowledge gained through their coursework and other learning experiences, with the application of anatomical specimen preparation, medical education, clinical trainers/phantoms, service learning or simulation. The project must be an original work of scholarship or research.

Fall Electives

Applied Learning Theories (online) - MHPE500

This course is an introduction to adult learning theory applied to medical and health professions education settings. Learners successfully completing this course will explore major contributors in behaviorism, cognitivism and constructivism to the field of adult learning to create an educational philosophy. Learners will create artifacts in an electronic portfolio to exemplify the application of seven areas of learning theory: assessment of prior knowledge, encoding and retrieval and knowledge, motivation form learning, mastery of learning, feedback and practice, course climate and self-directed learning.

Essential Physiology & Anatomy Primer - ANT104

This course explains the underlying physiologic principles of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, hepatic and gastrointestinal and endocrine systems in the non-disease state through a series of lectures and small groups.

Clinical Shadowing/Service Learning - BM524

Clinical Shadowing and Service Learning opportunities are arranged through the School of Medicine. Students are expected to participate in approximately 3 hours/week of shadowing and service learning experiences. Participation in these activities will be monitored by EVMS faculty advisors and academic counselors.

Medical Terminology - MSA500

The medical terminology class is an intense, three-week course that employs a body systems-oriented, word-analysis approach to learning medical terminology. The goal of the class is to prepare students for the terminology they might encounter in their subsequent coursework, in their clinical rotations and ultimately in their roles as healthcare professionals.

Spring Electives

Assessment in Learning (online) - MHPE503 

Assessment drives learning, whether through the effectiveness of instruction or the assessment of individual learners. This course will describe how effective assessment can be employed to improve instructional effectiveness for learners, faculties and institutions. A wide array of formative and summative assessment instruments and techniques will be explored and applied through practical application.

MCAT Preparation - BM522/BM523

Students take an MCAT preparation course taught by the Princeton Review during the first year of the program. EVMS faculty advisors and academic counselors will monitor students' progress in the course. Approximately 60 hours of in-class preparation per semester. This course requires an additional fee.

Skin, Muscle & Bone - MCHA515

This module is designed to provide students with fundamental principles and concepts regarding the normal function and key pathological states of the musculoskeletal system and skin. The successful student will develop a fundamental understanding of these systems from the molecular and cellular basis of normal and abnormal function, to systems integration, differential diagnosis and disease treatment.

Pathophysiology: Mechanisms for Disease - MSA509

This course provides the structural framework for the understanding of cell injury, inflammation and wound healing. Specific pathophysiology of selected organ systems is studied throughout the course.

Plastination Training in Guben, Germany - MCHA509

Students would travel to learn plastination techniques from world experts at the Plastinarium in Guben, Germany. In conjunction, students would prepare dissections for plastination. This course requires an additional fee.

Simulation in Healthcare (online) - MHPE514

As the educational environment introduces and implements greater amounts of technology, faculties must be prepared to maximize these tools to promote effective learning. This course will explore the application of simulation and distance (distributed) learning as instructional and assessment tools of the modern educator.