At the inception of the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Ilorin, Anatomy was not taught as a separate discipline because of the Faculty philosophy at the time. However, following are-organization in 1979, Anatomy and other disciplines re-accorded autonomous status and anatomy was taught as a separate discipline.

Although the Faculty philosophy was modified, yet Anatomy curriculum maintained its emphasis in preparing medical students for the COBES – I posting as well as ensuring a sound foundation for the practice of medicine.

Furthermore, the method of teaching embraced the integrated approach in keeping with the overall college (including B.Sc. and Postgraduate Programmes for M.Sc. and Ph.D.) philosophy. The teaching of Anatomy by the Department includes the Pre-Clinical M.B.B.S. Courses/Programmes, B.Sc. and Postgraduates in M.Sc. and Ph.D. 

The teaching consists of didactic lectures tutorials sessions and practical sessions. The discipline continues to be examined as a separate subject at various levels at 200 Level, 300 Level for MBBS and 200 – 400 Levels B.Sc. and M.Sc. and Ph.D. Programmes.

The Department commenced the Bachelor of Sciences in Human Anatomy Programme in 1991. The Department started the Postgraduate Programmes in 2007 which includes the M.Sc. and Ph.D.

Philosophy and Objectives

The Bachelor of Science Programme in Human Anatomy is designed to provide intensive training in Human and relevant aspects of related discipline in Health Sciences such as Physiology, Biochemistry, Radiology, Surgery and Social Sciences. Teaching will be clinically oriented to ensure that the products of the Programme will be able to render the most required assistance as Anatomy teachers in various medial institutions. Graduate of the Programme will also be well equipped with sufficient theoretical and practical knowledge and thus be eligible for higher degree studies in any aspect of Anatomy.