Masters In Human Anatomy

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Admission Requirements



Anatomy has long been considered as the basis of all the biomedical sciences (including clinical medicine).

Why get your M.S. in Human Anatomy & Physiology Instruction from Northeast?

Manifestations of health and disease can be regarded as attributes of anatomical structures ranging in size from individual molecules to whole organs. The Anatomy concentration, within the Master’s Program in Medical Sciences, has been developed to provide a concentrated program of study that is designed for students interested in either future doctoral or professional programs in the biomedical sciences or healthcare and education professions.

Graduates of the program will have developed expertise and experience in human gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, embryology, histology, pathology and laboratory medicine and will be able to apply these skills in a variety of educational and healthcare settings.


The rigorous program allows students to demonstrate their full academic ability for future graduate programs or medical school.

  • The anatomy program promotes the broad intellectual focus required of future graduate students in the anatomical sciences or other health-care professions by providing courses that integrate modern teaching methods with extensive student participation that are designed to improve skills which are critical to their future professional development.
  • Wai Szeto, MD, MHA Class of 2015Resident Physician | Pathology | UC San Diego Health.
  • Demand continues to increase for college instructors who are both specialists in anatomy and physiology and are well versed in the most current college course requirements, instructional theories, and practices.
  • Northeast's Master of Science in Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction (MSHAPI) program - the first and only one of its kind - was created to satisfy that demand.
  • MSHAPI degree candidates develop into highly effective instructors who are well-prepared to successfully deliver the subject matter to future healthcare professionals.
  • Earn your master’s degree 100% online in as little as 2 years.
  • Gain both the subject and instructional expertise you need to move directly into teaching anatomy and physiology.
  • Manage your life, work, and studies in a program designed for working professionals.

Study with faculty who teach, mentor, and are seen as some of the preeminent practitioners in the world.

Tuition and Fees

Build your credentials in an in-demand field. As an online program, all of the MSHAPI courses can be completed at your convenience from the location of your choice.


The degree program consists of 36 credits delivered online over two calendar years: 21 credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction and15 credits of Instructional Theory and Practices.

Contact Information

Beyond exposure to the Human Anatomy and Physiology Instruction course materials, you will collaborate with professors and classmates in a highly engaging and interactive learning environment and access the Northeast online library, which consists of an array of professional, peer-reviewed medical, research, natural medicine, and alternative health journals.



A five-day, on-campus practicum may be required as part of the curriculum. The on-campus practicum experience provides you with a unique and rewarding opportunity to sharpen your presentation skills while receiving constructive feedback from renowned, experienced anatomy and physiology faculty members.

Ultrasound training

Have earned a professional degree (MSN, MD, DO, DC, DVM, or other similar advanced clinical degree) awarded by an accredited institution; or. Have earned a master's degree in a related field from an accredited institution; or. Demonstrate significant anatomy and physiology teaching experience in the undergraduate college/ university setting; or.

Demonstrate successful completion of the anatomy and physiology course sequence of an advanced clinical degree; or. Demonstrate successful completion of a graduate certificate program in anatomy and physiology (minimum 12 credits).

Fundamentals of Human Physiology (8 weeks, 4 credits)

An earned cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale is desired.

Hands-on training

The MSHAPI curriculum prepares its graduates to pursue new opportunities as full-time or adjunct college instructors or to gain the necessary professional development experience to advance their careers in the undergraduate education field.

  • As a graduate of the MSHAPI program, you will:.
  • Master the full spectrum of human anatomy and physiology subject matter while building a solid foundation in instructional theory and best teaching practices.
  • Develop a deep understanding of the appropriate instructional level of rigor for undergraduate health science majors.
  • Build a complete library of personal teaching tools and resources.
  • Gain the expertise and practical experience to obtain highly desirable teaching positions at colleges and universities.
  • The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Master of Science in Anatomy Education program is designed to give students the training they need in order to successfully compete for teaching positions in anatomy at the community college level.
Introduction to Histology (5 weeks, 2 credits)

Because such positions often also require some instruction in physiology and/or histology, introductory courses in these disciplines are also included in the program, along with training in pedagogical techniques.

Virtual dissection

The program is also appropriate for students who wish to go on to research or educational support positions in anatomy, such as anatomy lab manager or surgical research coordinator. The core of this one-year full-time program is a series of courses providing intensive immersion in human anatomy through both classroom instruction and dissection laboratories, including small group interactions with our faculty.

Instructional Strategies I and II (6 weeks and 1.5 credits each)

A teaching practicum providing training and experience in instructional delivery of anatomical knowledge in lecture and laboratory settings is also included at the end of the program.

Foundations of Human Anatomy (7 weeks, 7 credits)

Some exposure to nonhuman comparative anatomy is incorporated to provide training in the use of model organisms for instructional programs that use these models.

Ultrasound training

All anatomy courses are taught by the experienced faculty of the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution (FAE). The main program runs between mid-August and the end of June, and includes nine courses, described in detail below.

We strongly recommend that entering students also take our Summer Institute in Anatomy during the June preceding their entry into the Masters program, which provides an introduction to anatomy and preparation for the rigorous medical school anatomy course that they will take beginning in August.

Hands-on training

A discounted tuition rate (50%) for the Summer Institute will be offered to all students admitted to the Masters program.

  • All courses (except on-line courses) are held on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.
  • See below for contact information.
  • Intensive course taught to entering medical students and Ph.D.
  • graduate students; includes lectures, small group activities (imaging, team-based learning, other), and full-body dissection.
  • Supervised small group cadaveric dissection focusing on more detailed understanding of specific systems and regional anatomy, anatomical variation, clinical correlations, and comparative anatomy.
  • Includes a research project and paper.
Evidence-Based Teaching (12 weeks, 3 credits)

Provides training in lecturing, small group leadership for presentation of anatomy; includes giving one lecture and assisting in labs in Summer Institute in Anatomy.

Virtual dissection

Introduction to basics of histology; on-line, using materials developed for medical school course in histology. Introduction to organ level human physiology, taught through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The following pedagogical courses are on-line and taught through the interdisciplinaryJohns Hopkins Medical Education in the Health Professions program: .

Teaching Practicum in Anatomy (8 weeks, 3 credits)

Instructional methods in small and large group teaching - team-based, interactive, and case-based; strategies to enhance critical thinking, creativity, and cooperative learning.

Ensuring Learning through Assessment and Feedback (12 weeks, 3 credits)

Design of effective assessment tools; aligning assessments with learning goals and objectives; use of feedback to monitor and evaluate learning.

Advanced Anatomical Dissection and Research (12 weeks, 5 credits)

Apply evidence-based strategies and methodologies to teach in a variety of settings; assess learner needs to guide instruction; effectively integrate technology into instruction.

Ultrasound training

A timeline of the courses is given below: . Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Grade transcripts, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English, for non-native speakers.

Interview with faculty (conducted virtually). This program may also be appropriate for professionals in other disciplines who wish to return for specific training in anatomical education.

Hands-on training

A non-refundable application fee of $115 is payable by credit card at time of application.

  • Tuition for this program follows the Johns Hopkins Medical School level for full-time graduate students (56,500 for AY 2020-2021).
  • However, each student admitted to this program will receive a scholarship from the medical school; in previous years, this has reduced tuition by approximately 30%.
  • More details on tuition, fees, and financial aid eligibility will be available during the interview and admission process.
  • For more information on graduate education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, see:Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Graduate Programs.
  • Danielle Edwards ([email protected]), Program Coordinator Dr.
  • Clair ([email protected]), Program Director Dr.

Virtual dissection

Gabriel Bever ([email protected]), Program Co-Director.

Students admitted to this program are not eligible for F or J immigration sponsorship.

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.

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