This  training introduces the student to various scientific disciplines that may be involved in an investigation of death. The course is divided in two distinct sections. First, it covers the most common scientific disciplines  both in forensics and non-forensic environments. The sciences are explained and  how they fit into death investigation.  The second section details scientific testing conducted in a crime lab. This course also explains when the term forensics come into play and why that is important.


This course is approved for continuing education credits by Missouri POST, American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) and the American College of Forensic Examiners Institute  (ACFEI)


Who should take this course

  • Coroners
  • Medical Examiner Investigators
  • Law Enforcement
  • Attorneys

Course Summary

This  1. 5  hour training introduces the student to various scientific disciplines that may be involved in an investigation of death. The course is divided in two distinct sections. First, it covers the most common scientific disciplines  both in forensics and non-forensic environments. The sciences are explained and  how they fit into death investigation.  The second section details scientific testing conducted in a crime lab. This course also explains when the term forensics come into play and why that is important.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, participants will be better able to 

1.List the 8  most common forensic science specialist used in death investigations.

2.List the 6 most common crime lab specialties used in death investigations

3.Define when the term forensic is applied to science

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