UW-Madison Anatomy courses now housed in Department of Kinesiology

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Anatomy courses now housed in Department of Kinesiology

The Department of Kinesiology is the new home base for UW–Madison’s undergraduate-level anatomy courses.

The university’s School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) previously administered these classes. Given that SMPH is focused on professional and graduate-level education, the move to the Department of Kinesiology, with its commitment to quality undergraduate education, made sense.

Anatomy skeleton“It’s a great fit for the department,” says Julie Stamm, an associate lecturer with the Department of Kinesiology who developed the courses and is the classroom instructor. “We house medical fields such as athletic training and occupational therapy, and we study movement of the human body.”

Most students taking the classes, says Stamm, plan to pursue careers in healthcare fields.

The course taught by Stamm during the 2016 Fall semester is titled “Kinesiology 328: Human Anatomy.” The class is designed to provide a strong foundation in anatomy for students interested in pursuing a career in a health-related field. It also emphasizes a clinical approach that will help students make informed decisions about their own health and prepare them for future studies and practice as a clinician in a variety of health settings.

“Anatomy is traditionally a class that involves a lot of memorization,” says Stamm, who holds a Ph.D. in anatomy and neurobiology from Boston University and an undergraduate degree in athletic training from UW–Madison’s Department of Kinesiology. “But we’re trying to change that dynamic and focus on getting students to think critically about how they can really use the information they are learning in this class in clinical settings.”

Stamm is also helping develop a non-cadaver anatomy lab course that is scheduled to launch during the 2017 Spring semester. A year from now these courses are expected to serve about 1,000 students per academic year.

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