Michael Ludwig and Caitlin McMenamin, both students in the Anatomy PhD Program at Penn State College of Medicine, are seen at work in a lab in the Department of Neural & Behavioral Sciences. The two are looking downward and framed at right by clean glassware hanging on a lab wall.

Anatomy PhD

Deeper Training in Anatomical Sciences

The PhD program in Anatomy at Penn State College of Medicine is designed for those interested in acquiring advanced training in the anatomical sciences.

The doctoral degree provides coursework to help students achieve advanced understanding of specific knowledge related to human anatomic sciences, including medical gross anatomy, human embryology and human microscopic anatomy.

The program provides the resources for students to acquire specialty training and teaching experience necessary to pursue an academic career in the biological sciences.

The program in Anatomy is fully approved to participate in the Dual-Title Clinical and Translational Sciences Graduate Program.

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About the Program

Curriculum

In addition to the traditional areas of study including human gross anatomy, human didactic laboratory (human structure), human microscopy anatomy and human embryology, the 30-credit curriculum includes core courses in neuroanatomy, cell biology, systems biology and energy metabolism. Courses in ethics ensure students will conduct their activities with the highest of ethical standards.

Each student will conduct original biomedical research under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in the oral defense of a written thesis.

Doctoral students also have the opportunity to gain teaching experience in discipline-specific fields of human embryology, medical gross anatomy, and neuroanatomy, and to engage in all areas of didactic, team-based learning and cadaver-laboratories for medical students and physician assistant students.

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Student Resources

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Students sit in the recently remodeled Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State College of Medicine in July 2016.
Students sit in the recently remodeled Harrell Health Sciences Library at Penn State College of Medicine in July 2016.

Campus Life

Student Housing

Housing is available to Penn State College of Medicine students, residents and postdocs in University Manor East and West apartment complexes. One of the complexes is pictured as seen from a higher floor of a nearby building, with a road and trees framing it in the background.
Housing in University Manor apartments is available to Penn State College of Medicine students.

Penn State College of Medicine offers housing in its University Manor East or University Manor West apartments to full-time students, residents, postdocs and visiting scholars.

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Life in Hershey, PA

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Hershey, PA, is known as "The Sweetest Place on Earth."

Penn State College of Medicine is in Hershey, PA, a town known as the home of the HersheyPark amusement park and the Hershey Chocolate Factory.

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