Certificate Programs

Forensic health advanced certificate

This program is open to all individuals who have a baccalaureate degree and who are interested in forensics.

Applicants do not need to be students at Binghamton University; however, they need to matriculate by applying for the certificate (see Application procedures, below).

Students are also invited to take individual courses if they do not wish to complete the certificate. This does not require matriculation.

NOTE: If you completed an undergraduate forensics course or courses through the Decker School/Decker College at Binghamton University, you cannot repeat coursework of the same title at the graduate level.


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. Use the course list in conjunction with the curriculum worksheet in this Google drive to plan your course sequence.

Students are encouraged to review the University Bulletin for more information (including course descriptions), or contact the Decker Division of Advising and Academic Excellence

Courses (may be completed in any order)



NURS 581G: Forensic Health of Victims


Students will SELECT TWO OF THE FOLLOWING; students are expected to consult with the program coordinator before selecting the two courses:


NURS 581B: Forensic Health Essentials


NURS 581E: Medicolegal Death Investigation 


NURS 581F: Forensic Health of Offenders


NURS 581J: Forensic Pediatrics


NURS 581P: Forensic Health: Sexual Offending and Victimization




Application procedures

Information on admissions, financial aid, housing, program costs and visiting Binghamton University's campus (including a virtual tour) is presented on the Graduate School website.

Complete instructions for applying to a certificate program at Binghamton University are available on the Graduate School's how to apply webpage. Follow the directions for applying for an add-on certificate*. If you have questions regarding application submission, contact the Graduate School at 607–777–2151 or gradadmission@binghamton.edu.

*Be sure you apply to have the major code for the certificate added to your official academic record no later than one semester preceding the semester you intend to declare your candidacy (graduate) or you will be ineligible for the award.

Additional information

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

Mary E. Muscari, PhD, MSCr, CPNP, PMHCNS-BC, AFN-BC

Associate Professor/Director, Forensic Health Program/Coordinator, Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Program

Decker College of Nursing and Health Sciences