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Advanced Certificate in Medicolegal Death Investigation


Keybenefits of our program:

  • Optimal training opportunities and direct interaction with practitioners in the field
  • Flexible program enables students to tailor courses to their individual needs and goals
  • World class scientific facilities at the heart of a national Research University
  • Unique internships and research projects available to our students

Career Paths: Obtaining the certificate can enhance one's effectiveness in multiple careers:

  • Medicolegal death investigator (medical examiner's office)
  • Medical professional
  • Legal professional
  • Forensic laboratory position
  • Emergency first responder
  • Disaster management and operations

Consult the Course Catalog for specific requirements.

Sample Program Requirements

Developed in cooperation with the New York State Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services, this 12-credit-hour program is intended for students interested in death investigation and mid-career professionals who are involved in cases of deaths requiring investigation. Beneficiaries of the certificate include first responders (e.g., police officers, fire fighters, and paramedics); coroners, funeral directors, forensic scientists, and medical and legal professionals, the latter of whom already have bachelor's degrees. The curriculum may be tailored to suit the needs of the studentand is designed to make him or her more successfulin the workplace.


I. GATEWAY COURSES - 3 Credits Required

  • FSC 635 Medicolegal Death Investigation I (3)
  • FSC 636 Medicolegal Death Investigation II (3)
  • FSC 637 Medicolegal Death Investigation for Emergency Responders (3)


II. Electives - 9 Credits Required

  • FSC 635 Medicolegal Death Investigation I (3)
  • FSC 636 Medicolegal Death Investigation II (3)
  • FSC 637 Medicolegal Death Investigation for Emergency Responders (3)
  • FSC 640 Special Topics in Forensic Science (approved topics only*) (3)
  • FSC 651 Forensic Pathology (3)
  • FSC 662 Forensic Entomology (3)
  • FSC 667 Forensic Photography (3)
  • FSC 668 Crime Scene Investigation (3)
  • FSC 690 Independent Study or Internship in Forensic Science (1 - 6)

*Relevant workshops will be run under FSC 640 and these will be identified as appropriate for use as electives in this program.


Total Credits for Certificate - 12 (limit of 3 transfer credits)