anatomy program overview

The Department of Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology is, for the first time ever, offering a Master of Science in Anatomical Science! 

The MS program in Anatomy at UAB is an anatomy-pedagogic-research degree with an emphasis in preparing scholars to teach anatomy at the college level. Our goal is to equip individuals with the skills required to teach in the anatomical sciences and thereby help to meet a rapidly growing need for anatomists in multiple health-care focused programs and courses.

The anatomical sciences have, for centuries, formed the foundational pillars of all medical education–become part of the team! Students will be exposed to some of the latest innovations in anatomical sciences education, including 3D-anatomy via the use of ultrasound with standardized patients, radiologic anatomy, using CT scans of cadavers, plastinated specimens, and the use of virtual microscopy in histology education.

Specialized educational courses train participants to teach in the anatomical sciences at the college level and thereby help to meet a rapidly growing need for anatomists in multiple health-care focused programs.

Learn to Teach Anatomy

Successful applicants will receive advanced training in:

  • Gross Anatomy
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Embryology
  • Histology


Individuals competent to teach in the anatomical sciences can find employment opportunities in many academic roles from community and junior colleges through 4-year undergraduate institutions to professional schools, including those awarding degrees in nursing, physical therapy, physician assistants, osteopathy, dentistry, optometry and medicine. Individuals with this degree would also be qualified to seek employment in non-academic fields such as medical examiner’s offices, engineering medical models, medical illustration, or medical laboratories.

Convinced ?

This new program is the only one of its kind in Alabama specifically designed to train students to teach anatomical sciences at the college level, and one of only a few in the entire United States. Students will enjoy an extremely high faculty: student teaching ratio, in some cases as low as 1:1 instruction. Students will have extensive “hands-on” instruction from our cadre of highly experienced anatomists and histologists.