This course is designed to walk the student through understanding cause and manner of death as well as the three categories used in time of death determination. Further, this course will introduce the student to the implications and issues that can arise from the decisions made in a ruling determination.


This course is approved for continuing education credits by Missouri POST and the (ABMDI) American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. 

Course Summary

It is not uncommon for family, employers, insurance companies, and even law enforcement not to agree with a cause and manner ruling of a decedent. It is imperative that Medical Examiner/Coroner Investigators as-well-as police, understand that their investigation will likely go under extreme scrutiny where the manner of death is concerned. This course is designed to walk the student through understanding cause and manner of death as well as the three categories used in time of death determination. Further, this course will introduce the student to the implications and issues that can arise from the decisions made in a ruling determination.

Course Objectives

At the completion of this one hour course of instruction the participant will be able to:

1.List the 5 manners of death determinations

2.Explain the difference between cause and manner of death

3.Explain the mechanism of  death

4.List the three categories related to a time of death determination

5.Explain what implications might occur as a result of a manner ruling.