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FSCT 7810 - Introduction to Forensic Health Sciences

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

Course Details

​Forensic health care and forensic nursing are emerging as new concepts in Canadian medical/health care. This online course provides an overview to Forensic Health Sciences and its application to clinical practice in Canada. Although the major focus is on the nursing role, these concepts are of great importance and relevance to other allied health professionals because medical and legal issues overlap in all aspects of healthcare. This course may also be of interest to individuals who work in various investigative fields where forensic medical expertise and its application may be of value to the investigative process. This course will describe the myriad of opportunities for the application of forensic health sciences in modern society, and help the student to explore some of these options in a variety of settings. Topics such as interpersonal violence, death investigation, collection of evidence, documenting injuries, consequences of violence, and interdisciplinary collaboration in forensics health sciences will be explored. This course is delivered 100% online. No attendance required. None. This is a 3 credit undergraduate online course. This course will be of interest to nursing students, or anyone in the healthcare field who does not have the required degree for entry to the Forensic Health Sciences graduate certificate but has an interest in forensic health sciences, or anyone interested in the application of forensic medical expertise in an investigative setting.



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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Analyze Canadian laws which impact the clinical practice of the health care professional.
  • Outline the roles of health care professionals, law enforcement, judicial system and forensic science in the care of victims of trauma, crime or violence.
  • Outline the development of professional working relationships for the multi disciplinary teams needed to provide comprehensive forensic care to victims of trauma , crime and violence.
  • Assess the interactions of the multidisciplinary forensic investigative disciplines including nursing, medicine, forensic science and judicial system.
  • Evaluate the emerging role of the forensic nursing specialty in forensic health care.
  • Outline the specific roles and responsibilities of the forensic examiner; such as sexual assault, child maltreatment/abuse, elder abuse/maltreatment, interpersonal violence, anatomical gifts, organ donation and tissue recovery for transplantation, death investigator, legal consultant.
  • Outline the specific roles and responsibilities of the forensic examiner (sexual assault, child maltreatment/abuse, elder abuse/maltreatment, interpersonal violence), death investigator, legal consultant.
  • Outline clinical forensic processes, current standards and scope of practice for the forensic health care professional.
  • Compare current forensic health care and assess the future of forensic health sciences in Canada.

Effective as of Fall 2008

Related Programs

FSCT 7810 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Science Technology (Forensic Health Sciences Option)
    Part-time   Advanced Certificate


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