Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

THP Courses


Most of the health professional programs of UTHSCSA have required courses in gross and microscopic anatomy, usually including a laboratory element. An overview of the content of the basic required courses and the elective courses offered by the department are listed below. Note that these courses include over 1000 contact hours and 400 students, yearly. Over 7 electives are offered to the medical and dental students covering topics such as Anatomy of the Newborn.


Dental Courses:


Medical Courses:

  CSBL 4001   Anatomy of the Newborn CIRC 5003   Language of Medicine Longitudinal Module
  CSBL 4002   Regional Anatomy CIRC 5007   Fundamentals: Molecules to Medicine
  CSBL 4004   Selected Research Project CIRC 6007   Mind, Brain and Behavior
  CSBL 4005   Advanced Anatomy CIRC 6013   Musculoskeletal and Dermatology
  CSBL 4017   Advanced Neuroanatomy ELEC 5022   History of Anatomy
  CSBL 4024   History of Anatomy in Situ  
  CSBL 4025   Mentored Anatomy Teaching Elective  


Interdisciplinary Human Gross Anatomy:

    CSBL 5022   Interprofessional Human Gross Anatomy


Physical Therapy Course:


Course Descriptions:

Dental Courses

    CSBL 5016: Dental Gross Anatomy
    6.0 Semester Credit Hours
    This course focuses on the structure of the human body with an overview of the trunk and emphasis on the anatomy of the head and neck regions. Regional dissection of a human cadaver, by groups of students, is supplemented by individual study of prosections, models, skeletons, and other demonstration materials and is guided by lectures, conferences, and videos. The first one-third of the course concentrates on the trunk (thorax and abdomen) and presents a general overview of the functional architecture of most major body systems. The emphasis is on principles of structure, to allow development of a holistic understanding of human biology, both normal and pathological. The remaining two-thirds of the course are devoted to study of the head and neck; greater emphasis is placed on anatomical relationships with obvious reference to clinical dentistry.


    CSBL 5020: Dental Neuroscience
    1.5 Semester Credit Hour
    This course will present the student with the basics of neuroanatomy underlying somatosensory perception, special senses, orofacial reflexes, and common neurological disorders. The emphasis will be on neuroanatomical pathways relevant to the head and neck, especially those mediated by the trigeminal system. The course also will include consideration of motor pathways and the special senses, disorders of which will necessarily influence treatment plans developed by future dental practitioners. Acquisition of a basic understanding of the neuroanatomical pathways discussed in lectures will be reinforced by laboratory sessions with representative images of brain and spinal cord sections.


    CSBL 5032: Dental Histology
    5.0 Semester Credit Hours
    Through lectures, demonstrations, and laboratory work, students in this course will be given the opportunity to study the microscopic structure of the basic tissues and organs of the human body, followed by details of the embryologic development and microscopic structure of the various organs of the oral cavity. Current concepts in cellular biology are presented during the portion of the course in which they are most relevant. The general purpose of this course is to give students the opportunity to become acquainted with the basic embryology, cytology, and histology of normal human tissues and organs, thereby providing a foundation of knowledge for the understanding of normal activity and disease processes.


    SELC 7133: Dental Gross Anatomy Teaching Elective
    The Dental Gross Anatomy Teaching Elective allows qualified dental students to serve as teaching assistants for the CSBL 5016 Dental Gross Anatomy course. Selected students will gain a more in-depth knowledge and understanding of the human body as it pertains to the dental practitioner while teaching in the first year dental gross anatomy laboratory sessions.


Medical Courses

    CSBL 4001: Anatomy of the Newborn
    4.0 Semester Credit Hours
    Detailed gross dissection and study of newborn specimen with special emphasis on developmental origins as well as features and relationships differing from the adult; combined with library study of developmental malformations. Laboratory and conference.


    CSBL 4002: Regional Anatomy
    4.0 Semester Credit Hours
    Anatomy associated with one of the usual medical or surgical specialties, such as gastroenterology, neurology, orthopedics, obstetrics and gynecology, etc. Activities include detailed dissection, presentation of dissected material, assigned readings and individual project.


    CSBL 4004: Selected Research Project
    4.0 Semester Credit Hours
    Individual research projects to be arranged between the student and faculty members with whom he/she wishes to work.


    CSBL 4005: Advanced Anatomy
    4.0 Semester Credit Hours
    Selected students will participate in lectures, detailed dissections, presentations of prosected material, and teaching in the first year medical gross anatomy laboratory. Special projects, activities and readings in the surgical anatomy and history of anatomy literature will be assigned.


    CSBL 4017: Advanced Neuroanatomy
    4.0 Semester Credit Hours
    Selected students will be assigned a special project and readings in the neuro-anatomical literature.


    CSBL 4024: History of Anatomy in Situ: The Reawakening and Development of Anatomy in 14th-18th Century Italy: An in-depth study of the awakening and development of anatomy in 14th - 18th century Italy, visiting the sites where this occurred in Padua, Bologna, and Florence. The course consists of one week of didactic lectures and discussion prior to two weeks in Italy visiting anatomical museums and two of the oldest universities in the world, and ending with a week of student presentations based on a paper focusing on a historical, social, or scientific issue arising during this period in the Italian medical schools and currently relevant to the students' chosen field of medicine. CLICK HERE for CSBL 4024 Photo Gallery.


    CIRC 5003: Language of Medicine Longitudinal Module
    5.4 Credit Hours
    **CIRC curriculum first used starting AY 2012-2013
    The Language of Medicine component of the curriculum serves as the common denominator necessary for students to be able to discuss systematic anatomy in the integrated modules to follow. Basic structure, conceptual anatomical principles and development of the human body presented. Knowledge is acquired in didactic sessions emphasizing clinical relevance, reinforced by practical application during laboratory application during laboratory sessions in which supervised cadaver dissection is performed by the students. Imaging techniques, prosections, demonstrations, and presentations by clinical specialists supplement the laboratory work.


    CIRC 5007: Fundamentals: Molecules to Medicine
    9 Credit Hours
    The Fundamentals: Molecules to Medicine module provides the foundation for subsequent courses and clinical practice. Through active, collaborative learning activities which may include, but are not limited to, laboratory, small group, and clinical case sessions the students gain a deeper understanding of the homeostatic structure of molecules, cells, and tissues. Students develop problem-solving skills in a multidisciplinary approach to human health and disease.


    CIRC 6007: Mind, Brain and Behavior
    9 Credit Hours
    Mind, Brain, and Behavior module provides a comprehensive introduction to the normal anatomy, development, physiology and radiological features of the human nervous system and its pathologic disorders. Through active learning methods, students will practice clinical assessment of the nervous system while learning the major features of common neurological, neurosurgical, psychiatric and psychological disorders and pharmacological approach for the nature of the experience of the brain. The student will gain an appreciation for the nature of the experience of having an illness affecting the brain and mind, and a deepened compassion for patients with these illnesses.


    CIRC 6013: Musculoskeletal and Dermatology
    7.5 Credit Hours
    The Musculoskeletal and Dermatology module provides a comprehensive study of the development, structure, and function of the musculoskeletal and integumentary systems. Students acquire a broad understanding of normal and abnormal musculoskeletal and dermatologic function through active, collaborative learning during laboratory, small group, and clinical case sessions. Diagnostic and therapeutic techniques in the management of musculoskeletal and dermatologic disorders are discussed.


    ELEC 5022: History of Anatomy
    This course studies the physicians and scientists who made great discoveries in the field of anatomy from the early Egyptian and Greek scholars to recent anatomists in America with an overview of the discoveries and state of medicine during the time they lived. Emphasis is placed on reviewing primary literature (or translations) where possible. Included in the course is a visit to the Nixon Library collection of rare books with a display of anatomical illustration and important anatomical texts. Click here to view the History of Anatomy Photo Gallery of Visit to P.I. Nixon Medical History Library.


Interdisciplinary Human Gross Anatomy

    CSBL 5022: Interprofessional Human Gross Anatomy
    5.5 Semester Credit Hours
    These courses will teach structural and functional anatomy of the normal human body. Lectures will serve as introductory information for the laboratory dissections to follow and to clarify the interactions of the various anatomical components to accomplish the function of the body. The course will cover the central and peripheral nervous systems, vertebral column and back, the upper and lower limbs, head and neck, body wall, thorax, abdomen, pelvis, and perineum. Special emphasis will be placed on the laboratory experience in which the learner will perform a detailed dissection of the entire human body in order to achieve an understanding of the three-dimensional relationships and thus the interactive function of the body. The dissections will allow the student to understand the anatomical basis for disease and dysfunction in organ systems and their applications to clinical practice. They will be supplemented by the study of prosected specimens where possible, models skeletons, and other demonstration materials.


Physical Therapy Course

    CSBL 8010: Anatomy II
    2.0 Semester Credit Hours
    This course is being replaced by the CSBL 5022 Interprofessional Gross Anatomy course. It will only be offered for the next 2 years for students who have already taken CSBL 7014.
    This course reinforces the principles of human anatomy studies in CSBL 7014. Students will study human anatomy as it relates to function through cadaver dissection. Concentration will be on osteology, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, and basic systems anatomy as they apply to physical therapy.