Online Anatomical Sciences Education MS Program

This online, non-thesis MS program uniquely offers the flexibility of three paths of study that are centered on human medical anatomy: (1) education, (2) pre-professional, and (3) biomedical research. The educational path is crafted for teachers in secondary education, anatomy instructors at community colleges, and others seeking post-baccalaureate education in the anatomical sciences. The pre-professional path is designed for those students that would like to pursue an MD, DMD, DDS, or PA career. Finally, the biomedical path will train, as a first-step, students who are considering the pursuit of a career in medical research.

This 3-path Master of Science program will allow students with different goals to pursue additional training beyond their baccalaureate degree. Teachers in secondary education and at community colleges can gain more in-depth knowledge of anatomy and learn best practices in teaching and assessing their students. Pre-professional students will be able to gain broad training in all aspects of human anatomy that would allow them to master sufficient base knowledge to pursue health-care professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, physician assistant and physical therapy. Those students that complete the Master of Science program and wish to pursue biomedical research will have completed many of the course requirements for those PhD anatomical programs in biomedical research as well as our PhD Program in Anatomical Sciences Education. Furthermore, students with an MS degree in Anatomical Sciences will be able to teach/assist in human anatomy and histology laboratory exercises.

This program is designed to provide online courses in a learning format that address anatomical base knowledge including gross anatomy, microscopic anatomy, embryology, and cell biology, and to introduce students to the bases of pedagogy. Furthermore, the program is flexible enough to allow the student to pursue neuroscience, neuroanatomy, and medical physiology courses as electives. The educational path of this MS degree program uniquely blends training in human anatomy with developing pedagogical methods of teaching and assessment.

Admission Requirements

For the MS program, applicants must meet the minimum requirements for the University of Florida Graduate School:

  • Junior/Senior GPA > 3.0
  • BA or BS degree and a strong science foundation with at least five full semester courses related to biology, chemistry and/or physics.
  • Submit a minimum of three letters of reference, a statement of purpose, and a resume

The admissions committee will use the above to assess the student’s qualifications for admission to the program. International students must comply with current UF standards for admission to the Graduate School, including requirements for English language competency and financial responsibility.

Graduation Requirements

The online MS program will require 32 post-baccalaureate hours. There are required 11 credit hours of core courses in Anatomy and Cell Biology and 6 credit hours of core courses in Education for a total of 17 hours of core courses. Fifteen credit hours of elective courses will be tailored to the educational, pre-professional, or biomedical research student. Up to 12 credits can be transferred from the Anatomical Sciences Education Certificate program with permission.



Required Core Anatomy and Biomedical Courses: 11 credit hours  
– GMS 5605: Medical Anatomy 3
– GMS 5606L: Medical Anatomy Lab 3
– GMS 5630: Medical Histology 4
– GMS 5057: Medical Cell Biology 3
Required Core Education & Research Courses: 6 credits  
– EME 5207: Designing Technology-Rich Curricula 3
– SCE 5140: Science Curriculum Development 3
Elective: Anatomy and Biomedical Courses Select at least two
– GMS 5604: Medical Human Embryology 3
– GMS 5613: Medical Human Anatomy by Diagnostic Imaging 3
– GMS 6400C: Principles of Physiology 6
– GMS 6007: Fundamentals of Neuroscience 2
– GMS 6607C: Musculoskeletal Systems- capstone summer only in Gainesville 4
– GMS 6705: Functional Human Neuroanatomy 4
Elective Education & Research courses: Select at least two
– SCE 5765: Data-Driven Science Instruction 3
– EME 5405: Internet in K-12 Instruction 3
– EDF 7486: Methods of Educational Research 3


Proposed Plan of Study


Fall Year 1 GMS 5605 Medical Anatomy 3
  GMS 5606L Medical Anatomy Lab 3
  Elective 3
Spring Year 1 GMS 5630 Medical Histology 3
  GMS 5057 Medical Cell Biology 3
Summer Year 1 EME 5207 Designing Technology-Rich Curricula 3
  Elective 2
Fall Year 2 SCE 5140 Science Curriculum Development 3
  Elective 3
Spring Year 2 Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Total 32


Course Details

Science Courses

  • GMS 5604: Medical Human Embryology (3 credits)
    This online course provides the basis for the development of the organs of human body.
  • GMS 5605: Medical Anatomy (3 credits)
    This online course uses regional and system-based approaches to teach the organization of the anatomy of the human body.
  • GMS 5606L: Medical Anatomy Lab (3 credits)
    This online laboratory course uses images of human dissections to study the anatomy of the human body.
  • GMS 5613: Medical Human Anatomy by Diagnostic Imaging (2 credits)
    This online course is a systematic approach to visualizing by ultrasound, X-ray, MRI, and CAT the organization of the major structures within the human body.
  • GMS 5630: Medical Histology (3 credits)
    This online course is designed to cover the histology of tissues and organs through lectures and chat sessions.
  • GMS 5057: Medical Cell Biology (3 credits)
    Focus on the basics of cellular structure and function in the context of human health and disease.
  • GMS 6400C: Principles of Physiology (6 credits)
    This course teaches the functions of the human body at a level required for clinical medicine. This course covers normal physiology, as well as selected diseases. The ultimate goal is for students to develop an understanding of the integrated functions of the normal body and ‘problem solving’ and ‘critical thinking’ skills in evaluating clinical situations.
  • GMS 6007: Fundamentals of Neuroscience (2 credits)
    This course covers the basic background required to understand current topics in the field of Neuroscience, a rapidly changing area that impacts several fields of medicine including public health, public policy, and sports medicine, as well as on the military and pharmaceutical industry.
  • GMS 6705: Functional Human Neuroanatomy (4 credits)
    This is a survey course in functional neuroscience, intended for a diverse group of graduate students. The course integrates basic neuroanatomy with systems neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience through lectures, lab work, textbook and lab atlas, and websites.
  • GMS 6607C: Musculoskeletal Systems (4 credits)
    This course is taken onsite and includes laboratory dissections to explore the anatomical features of the human body. It is considered a capstone course that “rounds off” the program, allowing students to integrate their various experiences and meet all the anatomical and educational expectations from the program.  

Education & Research Courses

  • SCE 5140: Science Curriculum Development (3 credits)
    Al1ows teachers to explore science curriculum development from theoretical and practical perspectives. Focuses on research-based science curriculum and the research and science-specific pedagogical themes underlying their development.
  • SCE 5765: Data-Driven Science Instruction (3 credits)
    Focusing on assessment of science instruction and learning. The course will include the study of research-based approaches to assessment, learning, and teaching.
  • EME 5207: Designing Technology-Rich Curricula (3 credits)
    Extensive work in curriculum development utilizing instructional technologies. Contrasting views of curriculum development.
  • EME 5405: Internet in K-12 Instruction (3 credits)
    Preparing preservice teachers, in-service teachers, and teacher educators to use the Internet.
  • EDF 7486: Methods of Educational Research (3 credits)
    Examination of research methodologies. Problem identification as well as organization and presentation of data.


Tuition is $550.00 per credit hour.

Students will also be expected to pay university fees, such as the Capital Improvement Trust Fund fee and technology fees, which amount to approximately $13 per credit hour. More information can be found at:

The program does not currently accept Employee Education Program (EEP) students.

Supervisory Committee

College of MedicineCollege of Education
Daaka, Yehia
Rarey, Kyle
Dunn, William
Nonabur, Venkatesh
Maxey, Amanda
Narayan, Satya
Aris, John
De Jong, Ester
Dawson, Kara
Pringle, Rose
Adams, Alyson
Dana, Nancy
Ritzhaupt, Albert
Crippen, Kent
Manley, Corrine

Summer 2021

  • March 29 – Courses open for registration
  • April 5 – Masters application final deadline- all materials (transcripts, etc) must be received by this date
  • April 5 – Readmission deadline
  • May 10 – Classes begin



Program Contact:

Yehia Daaka, Ph.D
Anatomical Sciences Education MS Program Director
(352) 273-8112

Mark Zakshvesky
Administrative Support Assistant III
(352) 273-8471