CJ 270: Medicolegal Death Investigation

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Restricted Elective
Learn to conduct scientific, systematic and thorough death scene investigations for medical examiner and coroner offices. Course is appropriate training for police officers, physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, attorneys, forensic scientists and others who are involved with the investigation of violent, suspicious or unexpected deaths. Includes lab experiences.
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Course Learning Outcomes

Core Topics


  1. Laws pertaining to death investigation
  2. Emergency medical treatment
  3. Estimation of time of death
  4. Body changes after death
  5. Blood spatter interpretation
  6. Courtroom testimony
  7. Organ and tissue donation
  8. Critical incident stress debriefing
  9. Identification and family notification