Graduate Certificate in Forensic Death Investigation
The online Graduate Certificate in Forensic Death Investigation is provided by UF’s College of Pharmacy in collaboration with The University of Edinburgh College of Medicine. It focuses on the investigation of crime and death using forensic pathology, anthropology, and DNA analysis. Modules in sexual offenses, drug death, forensic odontology, and wounds are also featured.
This program may be of interest to those currently working or seeking employment in the following areas:
- Crime laboratories
- Medical examiners’ offices
- Law enforcement agencies
- Criminal defense firms
- Prosecution attorneys’ offices
- Hospital and clinical chemistry laboratories
Upon completion of the 15-credit certificate program, students will receive a University of Florida Graduate Certificate in Forensic Death Investigation. This certificate program is open to appropriately qualified local, national, and international students. Learn about the faculty for this program.
Graduate Certificate in Forensic Death Investigation - Course Overview
|Course #||Course Title||Credits||Spring||Summer||Fall|
|PHA 6851||Forensic Analysis of DNA||3||x||x||x|
|PHA 6935||Forensic Anthropology I||4||x||x||x|
|VME 6934||Introduction to Forensic Medicine 1||4||x||x||x|
|PHA 6935||Introduction to Forensic Medicine 2||4||x||x|
Course Syllabus Catalog
The general course policies and the most recent course syllabus catalog are available as a PDF for download here.
Recommended Course Order
The following is a recommended course order for students pursuing an online Graduate Certificate in Forensic Death Investigation:
- Introduction to Forensic Medicine 1 should be taken before Introduction to Forensic Medicine 2.
In order to earn this certificate, students must complete all required courses with a grade of C or higher and an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students must apply to graduate in their final term.
Students taking UF Forensic Science courses will also be granted online access to UF's Health Center Libraries.
Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For All (Domestic and International) Applicants
- A baccalaureate degree in a natural science subject from one of the institutional accreditors (or international equivalent) found in the “Accreditation” section at https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/
- An upper-division GPA of 2.0 (C grade) or better.
- To calculate what your upper-division GPA is, please use the Upper Division GPA Worksheet.
Additional Graduate Certificate Minimum Requirements: For International Students Only
- The English language skill requirements for admission
- If your native language is not English, or if you graduated with a bachelor's degree from a non-English speaking country, you will need to take and submit your TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or other Graduate Council approved English language skills test scores.
- Non-English speaking countries are those which are not included in the Graduate School's list of English speaking countries.
- To be admitted to a graduate certificate program, the applicant must score the following on the TOEFL:
TOEFL Exam Type Required Score Paper-based 550 Computer-based 213 Internet 80