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  • A robust didactic program that provides the skills needed to perform clinical and translational research
  • Opportunity to work with established clinical and translational researchers from a broad variety of disciplines
  • Emphasizes practical application and interpretation of data with a lessened emphasis on theoretical concepts



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Contact Us

Michael Jensen, MSMI, CMI
Program Director

LaDonna Butler
Program Admissions Coordinator 
(706) 721-3266



About the Program

Established in 1948, we are the oldest graduate program in medical illustration in the world, and are the only program to confer the degree of Master of Science in Medical Illustration (MSMI). We have been continuously accredited since 1967, and are one of just four programs in North America accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs.

Our comprehensive five-semester (21 month) program combines rigorous training in the health sciences, graphic arts, animation, communications and education. The curriculum is specifically designed to enable the student to excel as a professional medical illustrator. Our award-winning faculty guide the students through problem-based assignments that are planned to provide not only factual knowledge but practical experience as well. Students learn the fundamentals of, and gain mastery in, visual storytelling for science using a variety of media, including: illustration, animation, and interactive media. Students learn to manage projects from ideation and formative research, through design and production, to distribution and evaluation.

The Medical Illustration Graduate Program at AU has a long track record of producing outstanding professional medical illustrators and animators. Program graduates are known for their leadership skills, and many become successful entrepreneurs. Year after year, our students have a better than 95% positive placement after graduation.

Meet The Program Director

Michael Jensen, MSMI, CMI

"We are looking for bright, talented and curious students who are dedicated to visualizing better health.”

 Michael Jensen, MSMI, CMI

Recent student exhibition projects

View a few of the most recent medical illustration student projects.

Staff at Phinizy view the works.

Medical Illustration Students Create Education Materials for Phinizy Swamp and Nature Park

Have you ever been curious about the osprey at Phinizy Swamp, the adaptation of beavers, or the macroinvertebrates in the Savannah River? For over two decades, the Phinizy Center for Water Sciences has been dedicated to educating the public on these subjects. Since last year, our department has collaborated with the nature center to develop […]

Rachel Laird, Joseph Pulsoni, and Hiroko Tanaka were awarded SRP grants for their research.

Medical Illustration Students Awarded SRP Grants

We are delighted to announce that three of our second-year graduate students in the Medical Illustration Graduate Program at Augusta University received SRP Research Grants. These talented individuals have each been awarded $1000 for their exceptional research proposals, made possible through the generous support of the Student Research Program funded by the Provost. We recognize […]

Class of 2024 in their white coats.

Medical Illustration Class of 2024 White Coat Ceremony

We are delighted to share that our Class of 2024 Medical Illustration Graduate Program recently marked a significant milestone with their White Coat Ceremony, held on October 21. This event marked the successful conclusion of their first academic year and the commencement of their research projects. Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences, Lester […]

Recent graduates Peter Naktin, Caeley Blechschmid, Megan Reeves, and Grace Wilson hold their research Awards from the Vesalius Trust.

Students and Alumni have big wins at the 2023 Association of Medical Illustrators Conference

This summer, our students and alumni were recognized for their outstanding artwork with awards during the 2023 Association of Medical Illustrators annual conference. Student Awards: Our students have made us proud by securing awards at the recent AMI meeting. Their success highlights their dedication and talent in medical illustration. We’re excited to see them continue […]

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