Graduate Studies in Anatomy

The development of independence in research and experience in teaching are essential factors for scholars. The goal of the Department of Anatomy is to provide individuals with the skills and experiences that will allow them to develop and maintain successful careers as researchers and as teachers. The strengths of both the faculty and students of the department help lead to the achievement of that goal.

The Graduate Program in Anatomy fulfils all requirements of the School of Graduate Studies of Case Western Reserve University. Graduate studies in the Department of Anatomy can lead to the Master of Science degree in Applied Anatomy and to the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

The MS in Applied Anatomy can be obtained as part of a joint degree program for qualified individuals participating in other programs at CWRU, such as joint MD/MS or DDS/MS degrees. Each graduate student must successfully complete seventeen credits in the core curriculum of anatomical sciences (i.e., human gross anatomy, histology, neuroanatomy, and embryology). An additional two credits offered by the department in seminar and research presentations are also required. Elective coursework completes the graduate student’s program of study.

Only matriculated medical students are eligible for the MD/MS dual degree in Applied Anatomy.

Research areas of particular strength among faculty in the Department of Anatomy include:

  • Biological anthropology

  • Cell injury

  • Control of respiration

  • Developmental neurobiology (non-molecular)

  • Mammalian evolution

  • and Vertebrate paleontology.

The department has existing collaborative research efforts with basic scientists in several clinical departments including Medicine, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Neurology, and Neurosurgery.

Biological Anthropology

Together, Case Western Reserve and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History (CMNH) have unparalleled facilities for conducting research in functional macroanatomy and human evolution. The CMNH, the largest natural history museum in the state of Ohio, curates the Hamann-Todd osteological collection, which is an extensively documented collection of over 3000 human skeletons and also includes the world's largest collection of chimpanzee and gorilla skeletal remains. The CMNH also has an extensive fossil hominid and nonhominid cast collection, the Johns Hopkins fetal skeleton collection, extensive vertebrate and invertebrate paleontological and zoological collections, a wet dissection lab, casting facilities, library collections, and x-ray and osteoanalyzer facilities. The CWRU dental school houses the Bolton-Brush collection. This is the world's largest longitudinal database on human growth and development. As a major research and teaching institution, CWRU has multiple research libraries, a Geochronology lab, and many gross dissection and tissue preparation labs.