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Department of Human Anatomy

Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Human Anatomy

Welcome to the web portal of the Department of Anatomical Sciences (formerly Department of Human Anatomy) at the University of Calabar. While browsing through our web page, you will find information on our academic programs and courses offered in the Department, activities, mission, vision, research, services, and successes. Welcome to the home of the first Nigerian University to offer a degree program in Human Anatomy. At the Department of Anatomical Sciences, other Anatomists rate us as being one of the best centers for excellent teaching, learning, and quality research in all areas of Human Anatomy.

All members of our Department are deeply committed to working as a team to advance quality education and research in both fundamental and advanced anatomical sciences to students in various professional programs in the health sciences. We have a high-profile team of professional and highly experienced academic, technical and administrative staff, who are dedicated to teaching, research, and inspiring students to learn, acquire skills and develop an enriching experience that will enable them to be outstanding. 

The Department offers courses that lead to the award of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Human Anatomy. We have award-winning experts that teach courses in the core anatomical disciplines including gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, embryology, and neural development, histology, neuroimaging, and morphological techniques. The Department has a stellar research environment with hi-tech equipment. We have many thriving and vibrant active research groups that have achieved huge successes in their research efforts. Great scientists and clinicians have been produced from our center. Our team and other Faculty members have won two patents for the university. 

You are invited to have a tour of our department even before you decide to make our university your Campus. It is a place you would like to be associated with.

Thank you for visiting our web page.

Prof. Amabe O. Akpantah

Head of Department

Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective


To Produce high quality graduates and scholars in focal areas of learning with theoretical,practical and entepreneurial skills for the world of work in conducive environment through quality research and teaching.


To be a centre of excellence producing globally competitive graduates and contributing significantly to development through research.


The general philosophy of the program is to produce graduates of high academic standing with adequate practical exposure who can function adequately in the medical education process, complement ancillary laboratory, medical services to the greater society and develop entrepreneurial expertise in related disciplines.


The program will sufficiently broad-based to lead to the production of graduate who will be able to perform the following functions:


(a).  Teach Anatomy to medical, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Medical Laboratory Sciences students and those of other discipline.

(b).  Acquire Competence in the use of basic laboratory equipment. (c). Promote Anatomy as a subject through research that will lead to

acquisition of higher qualifications such as, Ph.D degrees.



The Department of Human Anatomy at the University of Calabar started in 1978 with a staff strength of eight academic, eight technical and four administrative staff. From its inception, the Department offered compulsory courses to MBBCH students and in 1979, a B.Sc. degree program in Human Anatomy was started to produce sustainable teaching staff for the Department. In 1985, the M.Sc. degree program commenced. In 1996, the department moved to the present more spacious Faculty of Basic Medical Science building. The Ph.D programme started in 2006 while the post-Graduate Diploma program started in 2009.

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University of Calabar
Cross River State

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