Human Development: Development of the Face and Palate

Format Publication ID Version Published
Multimedia 8334 1 January 26, 2011
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine


This resource represents an interactive educational module depicting human face and palate development. The module was created as an educational resource to augment embryology instruction in medical and dental curricula.


Fredieu J, Watson J, Hughart C, Nikiforova T, Almon A. Human Development: Development of the Face and Palate. MedEdPORTAL; 2011. Available from:

Contains Information Suitable for Patient Education

Educational Objectives

  1. To be able to describe the morphogenesis of the face and palate, including interactions of the 5 facial primordia.
  2. To be able to describe clefting anomalies of the face and palate.


  • Maxillary Process, Mandibular Process, Nasal Pit, Neural Crest, Facial Cleft, Nasal Mucosa (MeSH), Olfactory Mucosa (MeSH), Face, Palate, Facial Primordia


  • Dental
    • Embryology

Competencies Addressed

  • Medical
    • Medical Knowledge

Academic Focus

  • Basic Sciences
    • Embryology & Developmental Biology

Intended Audience

  • Professional School
    • Dental Student
    • Medical Student

Instructional Methods

  • Independent Study

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