Department of Cellular and Structural Biology

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 13 electives are offered to the medical and dental students covering topics that range from Anatomy of the Newborn to Research in Molecular Immunology and Genetics.


Dental Courses:


Dental Hygiene Courses:


Medical Courses:


Occupational Therapy Courses:


Physical Therapy Courses:


Course Descriptions:

    Dental Courses

      CSBL 5016: Dental Gross Anatomy
      7.5 Semester Credit Hours
      The structure of the human body, with emphasis upon the functional anatomy of the trunk, neck, and head, is the focus of this course. 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 films. The first one-third of the course concentrates on the trunk, which deals with the anatomy of the thorax and abdomen, 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 is 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


      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.


    Dental Hygiene Courses

      DENH 3033: Structures of the Head and Neck
      2.0 Semester Credit Hours
      The purpose of this lecture and laboratory course is to give dental hygiene students an appreciation of the anatomical structure of the head and neck region of the human body, which will serve as a foundation of anatomical knowledge that is essential for patient care and useful in understanding function, local pain, anesthesia, and oral pathology.


      DENH 3040: Histology/Embryology
      2.0 Semester Credit Hours
      This lecture course continues the study of the oral cavity from a histological perspective. It includes the development and microscopic organization of the four basic body tissues in the formation of the oral cavity, i.e., development of the face, oral cavity, and teeth. This information is basic to the understanding of the histological changes arising from pathological alterations in the oral cavity.


    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. R. Philo


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


      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 assigned readings in the surgical anatomy and history of anatomy literature. L. Johnson, O. Rahimi


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


      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. C. Moore. CLICK HERE for CSBL 4024 Photo Gallery.


    Occupational Therapy Courses

      CSBL 5013: Gross Anatomy
      6.0 Semester Credit Hours
      This course will .cover dissection and regional study of human gross anatomy with emphasis on arthrology, osteology, gross neuromuscular and vascular anatomy, regional and general relationships between structures, and applied anatomy relevant to the practice of occupational therapy.


    Physical Therapy Courses

      CSBL 7014: Anatomy I
      5 Semester Credit HOURS
      This course provides the basic principles of human anatomy. Students will have the opportunity to learn human anatomy as it relates to function through the study of bones, plastinated specimens, cadaver prosections, models, atlas drawings and photographs, and their own bodies. Concentration will be on osteology, arthrology, musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary, neuromuscular, and basic systems anatomy as they apply to clinical practice.


      CSBL 8010: Anatomy II
      2 Semester Credit HOURS
      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.