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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 is emerging as a new concept in the medical/health care of Canada. This course will provide health care professionals and other related professionals with an introduction to the forensic health sciences and its application to clinical practice in Canada. The Criminal Code of Canada, provincial and federal laws pertaining to the care of the patient who is a victim of trauma, crime and violence are discussed. The specific areas of sexual assault, death investigation, child maltreatment, elder abuse, interpersonal violence, legal consulting are described with respect to the forensic roles and responsibilities of health care professionals. The interlinking roles of forensic science, law enforcement, judicial and health care professionals are defined and explored as related to health care today and for the future.


Admission to a Forensic credential program or permission of the Program Coordinator.



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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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