I cannot recommend this program highly enough. Not only was I prepared to teach anatomy but also for PA school and my profession as a PA. This program advanced my career in immeasurable ways.

Jessica Elkin, MHA Class of 2015
Physician Assistant and Instructor | Pediatrics & Pediatric Urgent Care

Graduating Class of 2015


Designed to integrate traditional anatomy with modern medical and scientific technologies, our 43-credit curriculum offers a unique blend of classical anatomical sciences education with an introduction to medical imaging modalities, 3D modeling and printing, and digital animation.

Our program builds on the strengths of an established anatomy and developmental biology curriculum, the technological foundations exemplified by the Visible Human Project, and the modern amenities of a state-of-the-art medical campus. Thus, the curriculum offers a unique perspective into the modern anatomical and educational research and the clinical world that will prepare the student for the technical demands of human anatomy in the 21st Century.


Brain Images on Sectra Table

Learning Outcomes


The Capstone

A primary focus in the MSMHA's second year curriculum is the 8-credit Capstone Project. The Capstone is a multi-semester experience that provides students with an opportunity to complete independent work resulting in a deliverable. Students may complete projects with clinicans and scientists within the School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, at University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and more. MSMHA faculty help connect students with capstone project mentors who can guide the student's work.

The Capstone Project provides a venue to take the anatomical sciences, imaging and modeling, and experimental design and research methods foundation of the 1st year curriculum to create a deliverable that can aid in a professional portfolio.

Visit our Capstone page for more information!​​​​​

Professional Development and Outreach Opportunities

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus offers numerous opportunities for MHA students, and the 2nd year provides a flexible curriculum and time for students to take advantage of the amazing medical campus.

The university is comprised of the six schools and colleges (School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, School of Public Health, Graduate School, College of Nursing, and the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences), the University of Colorado Hospital, Children's Hospital Colorado, and the new Veterans Affairs Hospital.

MHA students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge basic science research, clinical research, and have a multitude of shadowing opportunities.

Many 2nd year students take advantage of work opportunities on campus.  We currently have students working in the Department of Neurology, Department of Internal Medicine, Colorado AHEC (Area Health Education Centers), and our students even tutor medical and dental students.​​​ These work opportunities not only provide experience, but can enhance professional school applications and resumes/CVs.​​​

Conference Presentations and Attendance

A big benefit of the 2-year curriculum is the time to work on projects that result in attending and presenting at national and international conferences. Each year, nearly half of all 2nd year students represent our program at the Experimental Biology/American Association for Anatomy annual meeting. Not only is conference attendance a great way to showcase scientific work, it is an amazing networking and learning opportunity.

Our students have presented at a variety of conferences and symposia, such as:

  • Experimental Biology / American Association of Anatomists
  • American Association of Clinical Anatomists
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Association for Chemoreception Sciences
  • International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders
  • International Frailty and Sarcopenia Research Conference
  • International American Thoracic Society Conference
  • Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting
  • Contemporary Management of Aerodigestive Disease in Children Conference
  • Front Range Neuroscience Group
  • Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Neuroscience Group Meeting
  • CU's Academy of Medical Educator's Education Scholarship & Innovation Symposium
  • University of Colorado Denver's Research and Creative Activities Symposium​​​

Research and Publications

The second year of the MSMHA curriculum affords many project opportunities, and with the mentoring of faculty and clinicians, students have the time and resources to contribute to original scientific work. Students are encouraged to publish their work, and are provided guidance in experimental design, research methods, scientific writing, and the manuscript submission process. ​

Examples of students' contributions on publications include:

Networking with Faculty, Clinicians, and Colleagues

The second year of the MHA program gives students the time to cultivate strong relationships with faculty, clinicians, their MHA classmates, and students from other programs.

MHA students serve as Teaching Assistants in medical school, dental school, physical therapy, and physician assistant gross anatomy courses, creating relationships with 1st year students and faculty in those professional programs.

The Capstone Project and independent study projects provide intensive collaborative opportunities between students and faculty. These relationships have often resulted in recommendations and even employment opportunities.

Second year students participate in a number of cross-disciplinary volunteer opportunities, such as the student-run DAWN clinic, the CU Anschutz Chapter of SACNAS, the Student Senate, oSTEM, CDB Research Day, and science outreach to elementary, middle, and high school students.

The MHA program and the time afforded in the 2nd year curriculum provides the environment for students to forge relationships that not only aid them in our program, but will enrich their professional careers into the future.​​​​

Team Based Active Learning

Master of Science in Modern Human Anatomy

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place


Aurora, CO 80045

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