Master of Science in Anatomy Education

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Master of Science in Anatomy Education program is designed to give students the training they need in order to successfully compete for teaching positions in anatomy at the community college level. Because such positions often also require some instruction in physiology and/or histology, introductory courses in these disciplines are also included in the program, along with training in pedagogical techniques. The program is also appropriate for students who wish to go on to research or educational support positions in anatomy, such as anatomy lab manager or surgical research coordinator.

Application Deadline:

February 1st

Information about the Masters Program

The core of this one-year full-time program is a series of courses providing intensive immersion in human anatomy through both classroom instruction and dissection laboratories, including small group interactions with our faculty. A teaching practicum providing training and experience in instructional delivery of anatomical knowledge in lecture and laboratory settings is also included at the end of the program. Some exposure to nonhuman comparative anatomy is incorporated to provide training in the use of model organisms for instructional programs that use these models. All anatomy courses are taught by the experienced faculty of the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution (FAE).

The main program runs between mid-August and the end of June, and includes nine courses, described in detail below. We strongly recommend that entering students also take our Fundamentals of Anatomy during the June preceding their entry into the Masters program, which provides an introduction to anatomy and preparation for the rigorous medical school anatomy course that they will take beginning in August. 

Left to right: Marli, Brian, Isaiah, Kelley, Hannah, Eric


All courses (except on-line courses) are held on the campus of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Foundations of Human Anatomy

7 weeks, 7 credits

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.

Advanced Anatomical Dissection and Research

12 weeks, 5 credits

Supervised small group cadaveric dissection focusing on more detailed understanding of specific systems and regional anatomy, anatomical variation, clinical correlations, and comparative anatomy. Includes a research project and paper.

Teaching Practicum in Anatomy

8 weeks, 3 credits

Provides training in lecturing, small group leadership for presentation of anatomy; includes giving one lecture and assisting in labs in Summer Institute in Anatomy.

Introduction to Histology

5 weeks, 2 credits

Introduction to basics of histology, using online M-scope imagery and Inverse-lectures developed for Scientific Foundations of Medicine, plus individual instruction by FAE faculty.

Fundamentals of Human Physiology

8 weeks, 4 credits

Introduction to organ level human physiology, taught through the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

These 3 pedagogical courses are on-line and taught through the interdisciplinary Johns Hopkins Medical Education in the Health Professions program

Instructional Strategies I and II

6 weeks, 1.5 credits

Instructional methods in small and large group teaching – team-based, interactive, and case-based; strategies to enhance critical thinking, creativity, and cooperative learning.


Ensuring Learning through Assessment and Feedback

12 weeks, 3 credits

Design of effective assessment tools; aligning assessments with learning goals and objectives; use of feedback to monitor and evaluate learning.

Evidence-Based Teaching

12 weeks, 3 credits

Apply evidence-based strategies and methodologies to teach in a variety of settings; assess learner needs to guide instruction; effectively integrate technology into instruction.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Grade transcripts, personal statement, and two letters of recommendation
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and spoken English, for non-native speakers
  • Interview with faculty (conducted virtually)

This program may also be appropriate for professionals in other disciplines who wish to return for specific training in anatomical education.

Tuition and Fees

A non-refundable application fee of $115 is payable by credit card at time of application.

Tuition for this program follows the Johns Hopkins Medical School level for full-time graduate students ($58,000 for AY 2021-2022). However, each student admitted to this program will receive a scholarship from the medical school; in previous years, this has reduced tuition by approximately 30%. More details on tuition, fees, and financial aid eligibility will be available during the interview and admission process.

Frequently Asked Questions


What do graduates do after earning the MSAE degree?

Recent graduates from the MSAE program have gone on to teach at the instructor/adjunct level at community college, medical school, and medical assistant training programs. Other graduates have pursued further training in a medical or allied health profession.  We have also placed students in Anatomy PhD programs focusing on Anatomy Education research. Read about what the Class of 2021 is doing in this recent news article.


Is it possible to do the MSAE program part time or online?

No, the master’s program is a full time, on campus commitment.  Some of the pedagogy focused courses are delivered in an online asynchronous format, but they typically overlap with in-person synchronous instruction in other core courses.


What is the tuition cost for the program?

Academic year 2021-22 tuition for the MSAE program is $40,000. This reflects a substantial Dean’s tuition scholarship offered to each student. 


Is there financial assistance available?

Students are encouraged to apply for graduate student loan support. The Financial Aid Office of the Medical School certifies the eligibility of students for the US Federal loan programs.  Financial considerations are confidential and individually determined, and do not influence admissions decisions.

Are international students eligible for admission to the MSAE program?

Students admitted to this program are not eligible for F or J immigration sponsorship.


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 (, Administrative Program Coordinator
Dr. Elizabeth St Clair (, MSAE Program Director
Dr. Gabriel Bever (, MSAE Program Co-Director

Students admitted to this program are not eligible for F or J immigration sponsorship.