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Special Topics in DNA and Serology

  • PHA 6936 Special Topics in DNA and Serology (on location in Gainesville)

    Credits: 1
    Tuition: $575


    This one-credit course is a three-day onsite program. It will include orientation, an oral examination, and the final written comprehensive examination for completion of the MS degree requirements (see outline below). Students should register for this course in their final semester of their MS degree. The University of Florida requires that you are registered for the following number of credits during the term you are graduating: Summer term: 2 credit hours; Fall/Spring term: 3 credit hours. Because the Special Topics course is only 1 credit, you will need to be sure you meet the credit requirement as noted above.

    This course is scheduled to run each semester. Refer to Critical Dates for specific dates the course will be held each term. Students are required to pass this class in order to receive their MS degree.

    International Students: Please ensure early in the program that you will be able to enter the United States to attend the special topics course in the final semester before you graduate. Contact your US embassy or consulate if you are uncertain about the visa requirements.

    Outline of special topics schedule:

    • Day 1 – Introduction and Orientation
    • Day 2 – Morning: Essay paper, 3 hours; Afternoon: Short answer paper, 2 hours
    • Day 3 – Oral examination

    Students should login to this course on Canvas as they would with any other course. Use this site to ask study questions and receive further information about the special topics exams. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Donna Wielbo.

    Note: Although the focus of the written exams will be on the content of core courses, students are still expected to be able to draw on information from all courses completed as part of their MS degree.

    Core courses for Forensic DNA & Serology: Biological Evidence, Blood Spatter and Distribution, Forensic Analysis of DNA, Laboratory QA/QC and Applied Statistics (Scientific Evidence).

    Further information on travel, accommodation, and how to get to campus are listed below:

    • Travel: Gainesville is located in north-central Florida about 2 hours north of Orlando. The Gulf of Mexico and Tampa to the East as well as the Atlantic Coast to the West are approximately 2 hours by car. More information about Gainesville is provided by the City of Gainesville:
    • Air: Gainesville has a local airport that also provides rental car services. Some major national airlines fly directly into Gainesville. More information on the Gainesville regional airport can be found at: You can also fly into major international airports located in Tampa, Orlando, or Jacksonville.
    • Accommodation: Accommodations are available at the Reitz Union Hotel in the center of campus and through the Alachua County Visitors & Convention Bureau. It might also be worth checking on common travel sites such as Expedia or Travelocity for good deals.
    • Campus and location of final exam: all 3 days of the special topics course will be located in the HPNP (Health Professions, Nursing, and Pharmacy) building located in the east corner of campus right next to Shands Hospital. The UF campus map can be accessed here: Just search for HPNP and the location will be indicated on the map. The room and dates will be announced in the Special Topics course on WebCT. The official address for the HPNP building for driving directions is: 101 S NEWELL DRIVE, Gainesville, FL 32601.
    • Parking: Parking is provided in the nearby West Visitor parking garage. You can also use the campus map to find suitable parking locations by clicking on “Transportation” and then enable “Parking – Visitor Parking” as a subcategory.

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