SFM Human Anatomy

ME: 130.600

This seven-week Human Anatomy course is taught to first year medical students in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Designed to provide a comprehensive regional approach to the human body, this course includes lecture, cadaver dissection with emphasis on the three-dimensional relationships of anatomic structures, clinical correlations, medical imaging sessions, and team-based learning small group activities. State of the art facilities in the Armstrong Medical Education Building support the learning objectives of the course. As an integral component of the Scientific Foundations of Medicine curriculum, Human Anatomy is taught by faculty in the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution with guest lectures by faculty from the clinical departments. Collaborative learning and professionalism are key elements of the course.

Fundamentals of Anatomy

Formerly the Summer Institute in Anatomy


This summer course introduces students in the Nurse Anesthetist Doctor of Nursing Practice program to human anatomy using a regional approach. The course is broken into 3 parts – (1) thorax, abdomen, pelvis (2) limbs and back, and (3) head and neck. Within each part, information is presented on the relevant regional topics via: readings and lectures; student observation of prosections in lab; student collaboration to complete model- and computer-based activities.

The course is team-taught by faculty who teach anatomy to the first year medical students at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, together with graduate student teaching assistants from the PhD Graduate Program in Functional Anatomy and Evolution.

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Ms. Chenelle Turner, Academic Program Coordinator
Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
1830 E. Monument Street, 3rd Floor
Baltimore, MD 21287
(410) 955-1697 |

Arts & Sciences Courses

Evolution & Development of the Vertebrates


Intensive course taught to entering medical students and Ph.D. graduate students; includes lectures, small group activities (imaging, team-based learning, other), and full-body dissection. Modern vertebrates (animals with backbones) are the products of a more than 500-million-year evolutionary history. This course surveys that history and uses it to explore such core evolutionary concepts as adaptive radiation, convergence, extinction, homology, phylogenetic taxonomy, and tree thinking. Emphasis will be placed on the origins of the modern vertebrate fauna and how fossils are being integrated with developmental biology to better understand major transitions in the vertebrate body plan.

Primate Adaptation and Evolution

ME: 130.716

This course surveys the mammalian order primates beginning with the origin of the group and ending with a brief survey of modern primates. Topics include the definition of primates, archaic primates, the first modern primates, oligocene primates and the origin of monkey and apes, the Miocene hominoid radiation, the Plio-pleistocene radiation of old world monkeys, and human ancestors.

Introduction to the Human Skeleton


Introduction to organ level human physiology, taught through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. This course will provide a basic understanding of human skeletal biology, including bone composition and bone growth, recognition of skeletal elements, functional anatomy of different skeletal systems, comparative anatomy, and forensic anthropology (sexing and aging, body size reconstruction, bone pathology). Lectures will be combined with hands-on experience with bone models and real bone specimens.

Mammalian Evolution


An introduction to the evolutionary history and diversity of mammals, with emphasis on the first half of the Cenozoic – the beginning of the Age of Mammals with a survey of the recent and fossil orders of mammals, focusing on comparative skeletal and dental anatomy. The course will focus primarily on the adaptive radiation of mammals (including our own order primates) that followed the extinction of the dinosaurs, exploring the origins and relationships of the major groups of mammals as well as the anatomical and ecological reasons for their success. Lectures will be supplemented with relevant fossils and recent specimens. Readings will be supplemented by regular examination of recent and fossil specimens and weekly discussions. Research paper required. 

Human Anatomy


An introduction to the human gross anatomy, this course has an integrated coverage of functional anatomy including cadaveric dissection, clinical and basic science lectures, discussion groups and clinical correlation sessions. It will seek to give students enough background in anatomical knowledge and vocabulary to help them in their initial training in medical school; however, it will not be a substitute for anatomy courses in medical school. It will focus on normal adult anatomy, and it will cover each of the main regions of the body – i.e., thorax, abdomen and pelvis, back and limbs, and head and neck. Lectures will cover descriptive and functional anatomy, ultimately leaving students with a better understanding of anatomical terminology and 3D relationships of structures within the human body, and better problem-solving skills as they begin to relate symptoms to causes, again at the gross anatomical level.


For more information on graduate education at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, visit the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Graduate Programs and the Graduate Admissions sites.

Contact Information

Ms. Chenelle Turner (, Accademic Program Coordinator