Graduate Certificate in Forensic Health

This program is open to all individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and who are interested in forensics. The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Health requires the successful completion of three (3 credit) graduate courses in forensic health for a total of 9 credits. Potential applicants need not be students at Binghamton University; however they do need to matriculate by applying for the certificate.

Courses can be completed in any order. All students are required to successfully complete N581G Forensic Health of Victims, plus two additional courses from the menu below. Students will be expected to choose their other two courses with the advisement of the program coordinator, Mary Muscari.

Students are also invited to take individual courses, if they do not wish to complete the certificate. This does not require matriculation. Please note: If a student completed an undergraduate forensics course or courses through the Decker School at Binghamton University, they cannot repeat coursework of the same title at the graduate level.

Program Plan

Course Credits
FORENSIC HEALTH ESSENTIALS: Includes: overview of forensic disciplines, forensic assessment, the collection and preservation of evidence, death investigation, terrorism, DMORT, developing a forensic practice and basic civil issues, such as malpractice, child custody, elder law and personal injury. Graduate module on consultation and collaboration
MEDICOLEGAL DEATH INVESTIGATION: Includes overview of forensic and medicolegal issues as they relate to the investigation of an individual's death. Content includes how deaths are investigated in the United States, postmortem changes, common injury patterns and findings, cause and manner of death, special types of death investigations, and working with families.
FORENSIC HEALTH OF VICTIMS: Includes: forensic health issues as they relate to victims of violent crimes, such as intrafamilial violence, sexual violence, stalking, workplace violence, homicide, and hate crimes. Content also includes victim needs and rights; responses to trauma; victim's resources; victimization of children, women, men, elders and persons with disabilities. Graduate module on expert witness testimony.
FORENSIC HEALTH OF OFFENDERS: Includes: overview of forensic health issues as they relate to perpetrators of violent crimes, including intrafamilial violence, sexual violence, stalking, workplace violence, homicide, and terrorism, as well as crime classifications, relationship between animal cruelty and human violence, offender needs and rights, female offenders, juvenile offenders and correctional health. Graduate module on criminal profiling.
FORENSIC PEDIATRICS: Includes overview of the intricacies of forensic pediatrics where children and adolescents are victims and/or offenders of violence. Topics include: the effects of violence on youth, interviewing and assessing children/adolescents, evidence, expert witness testimony, companion fatigue & vicarious victimization, children of incarcerated parents, child abuse, shaken baby syndrome, Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, Sexual assault and exploitation, the juvenile justice system, delinquency, child delinquents, female delinquents animal cruelty, arson, gangs, bullying and child death investigation. Graduate students will also choose from Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, School Violence or Sudden Unexpected Death Investigator modules
Total Credits 15


Interested students may also take these courses individually if not interested in the certificate.

Students interesting in participating in the Certificate in Forensic Health should contact:

Mary E. Muscari, PhD
Phone: 607-777-5411

In the semester in which you complete the requirements for the Forensic Health certificate, notify Jennie Orton and provide a transcript. She will ensure that the Certificate is awarded and noted on the student's official transcript. A Certificate will then be issued.

Last Updated: 3/11/16