Division of Anatomy / School of Continuing Studies

3655 - Human Gross Anatomy 


If you want to learn about the structure of the human body, this intensive 13-week online human anatomy course could be for you. Included are 32 hour-long video lectures from award-winning professors in the Faculty of Medicine, each covering a different lesson in human anatomy, including examples of medical applications. Assigned readings and problem-solving exercises will deepen your understanding of the human body, from tissues to the body wall and its contained organs, to the structure of our head, neck and limbs. You’ll emerge with a greater appreciation of human anatomy, its complex relationships, and basic clinical applications.


Tania Alexson B.SC.H., M.SC., PH.D. (tania.alexson@utoronto.ca)

Barbara (Dee) Ballyk B.SC.H., M.SC., PH.D.

Michael J. Wiley M.SC., PH.D.


Gray's Anatomy for Students. Drake RL, Vogl AW and Mitchell AWM. 4th edition, 2019, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

Recommened text(s) and other resources: N/A

Prerequisite(s)/ recommendations: N/A


This course is applicable to the following Certificates:

Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences I

For more information: Fundamentals of Biomedical Sciences I Information.pdf


By the end of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Understand the structure and function of the various tissue types that make up the human body.
  • Explore the structure of the body wall and the organs contained within its cavities, including those of the nervous, respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems.
  • Know how bones, joints, muscles, nerves and blood vessels come together to form our limbs and allow us to move with such grace and accuracy.
  • Examine the structure of the head and neck, and acquire an introduction to the anatomy of the human brain.

For more information please read the 3655 - Human Gross Anatomy Syllabus.pdf  or the School of Continuing Studies course page