COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. We will update this page frequently to keep applicants, students and faculty apprised of the current situation in regard to our program. All classes are underway and conducted on-line; our current 2nd year class is progressing towards graduation with Capstone presentations to be conducted at our virtual symposium on April 27. Admissions to our program for the 2020-21 academic year is proceeding as scheduled using an e-interview format. We also have compiled a virtual tour of our facilities which can be found by clicking here.
Due to the ambiguity surrounding COVID-19, the MSMHA program is extending the application deadline for Fall 2020 admissions to Monday June 1st, 2020. Applications will continue to be reviewed on a rolling basis.
If you have any questions about our applications process, please click here to be taken to our Application Overview.
New two-year Master's Program merges the virtual world of advanced imaging and 3D modeling with anatomical sciences.
The Master of Science Program in Modern Human Anatomy (MSMHA) provides graduate level training and teaching experience in the physical and virtual anatomical sciences. The curriculum integrates 3D computer imaging and modeling with human cadaver dissection, neuroanatomy, histology, and embryology.
"The MHA Program was a melting pot of magnificence. The program allowed me to explore the various paths including basic science research, academia, and clinical experiences. It gave me the resources I need to determine what I wanted to be when I grew up."
Briauna Blezinski, MSMHA Class of 2017
Clinical Research Associate, Essential Access Health
Los Angeles, CA
The Master of Science in Modern Human Anatomy (MSMHA) Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is innovative, unique, bridging an established anatomy/developmental biology curriculum with the foundations of digital imaging technologies now in use in medical care, biomedical research, medical illustration, and teaching. This program blends modern and classical approaches to anatomical study, with a goal of producing a new generation of anatomical professionals prepared for diverse careers. The program emphasizes an individualized, flexible approach to professional growth and career development through a student-designed capstone project.
Extensions of the virtual 3D human body are at the forefront of diagnostic imaging and surgical interventions that are increasingly commonplace in the medical setting. Virtual human anatomy and advanced imaging technology have also become a platform for the development of new instructional venues, as well as the of simulators and protocols for advanced procedural training. This two-year program will prepare graduates to work in a broad spectrum of educational and biomedical sub-specialties where creativity and innovation abound and knowledge of human anatomy is highly valued.
The Master of Science in Modern Human Anatomy provides this graduate level training and teaching experience in the physical and virtual anatomical sciences through human cadaver dissection, neuroanatomy, histology, and embryology; all addressed from a modern perspective stressing quantitative imaging, modeling, informatics, and clinical applications. The curriculum is translational in integrating computer and engineering technologies into the domains of anatomy and developmental biology through a project oriented curriculum.
A tremendous strength of the Modern Human Anatomy Program is the second year curriculum. The 1st year core courses provide an academic and scientific foundation for exploration and abundant opportunities in the 2nd year curriculum. The 2nd year is a time when our student blossom and transition from being student to becoming professionals and colleagues.
"One strength of our program (among many) and why I chose the MSMHA program over others was the versatility of our second year... do you want to get a Ph.D.? Then your Capstone should develop your research skills. Do you want to go to medical school? Then your Capstone should be clinically relevant and you should work at the DAWN clinic. Are you not sure what you want to do yet? Then engage with the local community, do your electives with whatever program interests you, and do a Capstone project that develops multiple skills."
Modern Human Anatomy Class of 2017
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