The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine offers our fifteenth annual Summer Institute in Anatomy in June, 2015. On this page you will find information about the four-week Human Anatomy course, including an application for download.


June 1 - June 26, 2015

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine campus in Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Taught by members of the faculty of the Center for Functional Anatomy & Evolution

This four week course meets for 4 hours each day, 5 days a week. It is designed to give undergraduate students an introduction to all aspects of human anatomy, and includes demonstrations using human cadavers. A regional approach will be employed, beginning with the thorax and abdomen, continuing with the limbs, and ending with the head and neck. Lectures on each topic will be given in the morning, followed by prosection demonstrations (i.e., dissections prepared by departmental staff and presented to students) on human cadavers in the afternoon. Course materials will also involve hands-on work with human bones, various imaging modalities (e.g., radiographs, CT scans), and computer programs. Opportunities may also be available for students to observe surgical procedures at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Student performance will be evaluated by both written and practical (cadaver-based) exams. To allow individualized instruction, the course is limited in enrollment.


The course is team-taught by the same 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 same department. Most faculty members have more than 20 years of experience teaching anatomy, and also participate in the Center for Functional Anatomy and Evolution within the Medical School. For more information on the faculty and graduate program, see our website at




Total tuition for the course, which includes the textbook, atlas, and all other supplies (except lab coats), will be $4000, due in full by May 1, 2015. Four (4) academic credits will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.


Single rooms will be provided in a dormitory on the main campus (Homewood) of Johns Hopkins University at a rate of about $48.70 per night. Rooms are arranged in suites of four single rooms. Meal plans are not available but there are kitchen facilities in the dormitory and restaurants close by. Athletic facilities are available at no charge on the Medical School campus. The Homewood Campus is located in a residential area in northern Baltimore City. A free shuttle bus between Homewood and the Medical School Campus, approximately 3 miles to the south, runs frequently throughout the day.


The city of Baltimore contains many attractions. The Harborplace area is only about one mile from the Medical School Campus, and contains dozens of shops, the National Aquarium and Maryland Science Center, and adjacent to it, Camden Yards/Oriole Park, home to the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. The Fells Point area, less than a mile from the Medical School Campus, contains many buildings dating back to the early 1800's, antique shops, cafes and restaurants. The Homewood campus is located in Charles Village, a more residential area that also features restaurants as well as convenience stores, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. Many day trips from Baltimore are also possible, including Washington, DC (about an hour away), the ocean, mountains, and various parks.


Applications will be accepted from all currently enrolled undergraduates who have completed their sophomore year of college before the course begins. There are no specific prerequisites, although a basic familiarity with college-level introductory biology will be beneficial. The course will be rigorous and fast-paced. However, because it assumes no prior background in human anatomy, it may not be appropriate for students who have already had extensive experience (i.e., several courses) in anatomy. A completed application form, included below, a non-refundable application fee of $50 (cash is not accepted), and supporting materials (college transcript, letter of recommendation from an academic advisor) are due by March 31, 2015. Successful applicants will be notified in early April, with full tuition due by May 1. As noted above, space in the course is limited, so early applications are encouraged.

Acceptance into the Human Anatomy program does not confer any right to admission to any other Johns Hopkins University program. Johns Hopkins awards no scholarship or financial aid for this program.

If your questions regarding the program are not answered in the FAQ page, they may be addressed to Ms. Arlene Daniel (email:

Upon admission to the course, please download the health services registration form here and return the completed form on the first day of class.

To request your transcript for the course, please download the request form here.

The application form may be printed out and used to apply to the program. The application is a PDF file that may be opened using Adobe Acrobat Reader. Adobe® Acrobat® Reader™ can be downloaded for free here. Please do not fill in the application form on-line; electronic applications cannot be accepted.


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