Course Description

Human anatomy will be taught using a systemic approach and emphasizing the connection between function and structure as it relates to physiological conditions and diseases. To this end, lectures will integrate elements of embryology and histology. Modern imaging methods will be introduced as well. Selected topics of topographic anatomy will be also examined, including head/neck and pelvis.  This course is suitable for advanced undergraduate and/or postbac students planning a career in medicine and biomedical research and will be taught at a level of complexity that is similar to courses offered at most medical schools. Other biomedical researchers who seek to better understand the structural underpinnings of normal and pathologic functions of the human body may also find the course useful.

Learner Outcomes

When you complete the course successfully, you will be able to:

  • Describe principles of human anatomy using a systemic approach
  • Discuss the fundamentals of embryology and general microanatomy (histology)
  • Identify the anatomical structures of the musculoskeletal, nervous, and cardiovascular systems
  • Explain how these systems interact, and how structural and functional characteristics of tissues, organs, and systems are interdependent


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Textbook Information

A textbook is required or recommended for this course.

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Basic knowledge of cell biology. If you are unsure that you meet the prerequisite requirements, please contact registrar@faes.org and provide information about your course of interest and background knowledge.

Related Course:
MEDI 346 | Human Anatomy and Physiology II: Lymphatic, Immune, Respiratory, Digestive, Endocrine, and Urogenital Systems

Additional Information

Bundle Registration! This course is available as part of a bundled format, which offers reduced tuition for taking two related courses in consecutive terms.

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