2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 25, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Medicolegal Death Investigation, MS

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Michael Sponsler


Robert Silver, James T. Spencer, Michael B. Sponsler, Kevin Sweder, Ulrich Englich, David Knaebel, Shannon Novak, Sanjay Chhablani, James Hewett


The M.S. in Medicolegal Death Investigation is a focused degree program designed to prepare students for all aspects of a career as a death investigator.

This degree is intended for students who have selected this career path, and the objective is to prepare them both for the various aspects of this occupation (case investigation, understanding the body along with pathologies and trauma, autopsy, interviewing skills, securing and documenting evidence, courtroom testimony), as well as working effectively with and understanding other professionals whose roles intersect with death investigation (forensic pathologists, forensic scientists, crime scene investigators, law enforcement officers, toxicologists, and other medical and legal personnel).  Graduates of this program will be exceptionally well prepared for this career relative to most applicants for the positions.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Accurately define the field of forensic science and describe how it overlaps with their particular interests

2. Describe the relationship and interplay between forensic science and the legal system

3. Appreciate the importance of ethical standards and describe the means through which such standards are upheld in forensic science

4. Explain the importance and structure of quality assurance protocols and standards

5. Apply QA standards and protocols in death scene settings

6. Employ statistical methods and evaluate statistical results to solve problems in forensic science and to communicate findings

7. Demonstrate how crime scenes are processed, how chain of custody is preserved and documented, and how medicolegal death investigators and crime scene investigators work together

8. Demonstrate the methods of forensic pathology

9. Explain the duties of a medicolegal death investigator

Total Credits: 36

Internship: 3 Credits Required

Each student is required to participate in an internship in a medical examiner’s office, related to forensic pathology and/or medicolegal death investigation.  Credits in excess of 3 will be counted as elective credits.

FSC 690 - Independent Study in Forensic Science  1-6 credit(s)





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