Academic Courses and Teaching Resources

College of Medicine
  • Human Structure and Development (Block 2)
This block includes integrated topics from Gross Anatomy, Microanatomy and Embryology. The course is designed around a framework based on regional anatomy. In each segment, the appropriate macro-, microscopic and developmental anatomy will be covered. Students accomplish cadaver dissections and microanatomy labs during this block. Throughout the course, there is a strong emphasis on three-dimensional anatomical relationships that is reinforced by small group discussions and demonstrations of regional radiographic imaging. Each unit has clear clinical correlations that are presented to the students in a variety of ways, including panel discussions, small groups, demonstrations and meetings. Students have the opportunity to develop initial physical diagnostic skills in a series of workshops, which correlate surface anatomy with internal structures and normal thoracic, abdominal and ENT exams.
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology (Block 1)
This block includes integrated topics from Biochemistry, Physiology, Microanatomy, Pharmacology and Pathology. The course begins with an introduction to cell structure and function, examining the details of the plasma membrane, cytoskeletal structure and cell organelles. This material includes integrated information about the molecular structure of amino acids, proteins, enzymes and lipids and functional considerations for cell-to-cell communications. It also includes a discussion of the basic tissue types and an introduction to pathologic changes which may affect them. The final portion of this course is dedicated to a discussion of molecular human genetics. The concepts of carcinogenesis, mutagenesis and genetic alteration, as well as an introduction to antineoplastic agents and gene therapy strategies, conclude the material to be presented.
  • Neurosciences (Block 3)
The content of the medical neuroscience course includes not only the basic science concepts introduced in more traditional neuroanatomy courses, it also incorporates neurohistology, neuroembryology, neurophysiology, neuropathology, and neuroradiology. The usefulness of these concepts are reinforced by numerous clinically-based lectures which emphasize the importance of integrating basic neuroanatomical knowledge with the clinical symptoms presented by a neurological deficit. Other clinically-based lectures present current medical concepts concerning neuroimmunology, neurodegenerative diseases, pain, sleep, epilepsy, substance abuse, and memory and learning.
  • Clinical Anatomy (Ellective)
College of Health Sciences
  • Anatomy for Physician Assistants (ANAT-500)
  • Scientific and Clinical Foundation of Human Donation Science (HDSC-521)
This course provides the foundations of the basic science and medical-surgical information required for the organ procurement coordinator. Topics include the anatomy and physiology of various organ systems and essential concepts of pathophysiology, and pharmacology.
College of Graduate Studies
  • Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology (INDI-515/MPHY-631)
Anatomy/Physiology Course has been developed to provide basic knowledge regarding anatomy and physiology to the students enrolled in the Medical Physics degree. The student will learn about structures and functions of the human body, from cell to gross anatomy. Topics covered will include but not be limited to anatomy and physiology of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, GI, renal, endocrine, nervous, and reproductive system of the human body.
  • Concepts of Anatomy and Neuropathophysiology (INDI-555) 
This course is designed as an introductory and foundational course for more advanced studies in human anatomy, embryology, physiology and/or pathophysiology. Topics covered in the pathophysiology segment will include but not be limited to cellular injury, acute and chronic inflammation, fluid and electrolyte balance, neoplasia and neuropathology. The goal of the embryology component of the course is to introduce the student to principles of embryology and the development of heart and neurotube. This should provide a basis for understanding human anatomy, and organogenesis. The course will be devoted to the understanding of the formation of the basic body plan, the origin and division of the body's cavities, and early organogenesis. In the anatomy component of the course, the student will be introduced to anatomy of the thorax, heart and nervous system. The course duration is 8 weeks.
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