Foundations of Human Anatomy

This seven-week course uses a regional approach to teaching anatomy. This follows along smoothly with dissection of the human body, which is essential for learning the details, the three-dimensional relationships and the anatomical variation, necessary for a good grasp of anatomy. Thus, the course is broken into three sections of study:

  1. thorax, abdomen, pelvis
  2. back and limbs
  3. head and neck

Within each part, the students are given lectures on human gross anatomy (and embryology wherever relevant), dissect that region of the body, receive relevant clinical correlations and participate in team-based learning and small-group activities.

Course Goals

By the end of this course, the students will:

  • Demonstrate understanding of normal anatomy of the main regions of the human body: thorax, abdomen and pelvis, back and limbs, and head and neck
  • Demonstrate effective use of anatomical terminology
  • Demonstrate good knowledge of 3-D relationships of structures within the human body
  • Hone skills in problem-solving by relating symptoms to possible cause or tracing causes to possible symptoms
  • Demonstrate an ability to present written and oral information clearly and concisely under strict time constraints
  • Demonstrate effective collaborative skills and professionalism

Course Director

Siobhan B. Cooke, Ph.D., M.Phil.

  • Associate Professor of Functional Anatomy and Evolution

Associate Course Director

Gabriel S. Bever, Ph.D., M.S.

  • Associate Professor of Functional Anatomy and Evolution
  • Associate Professor of Medicine


Chenelle Turner
Administrative Program Coordinator
Email: [email protected]

Kubweba Bugase, MBA
Medical Training Program Administrator
Email: [email protected]

Time Commitment and Course Length

The course runs for seven weeks.