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FSCT 9820 - Forensic Health Sciences in Violence and Trauma

Forensic Investigation Part-time Studies Course

School of Computing and Academic Studies

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Course Details

This course provides a clinical and forensic science based model of care for the forensic assessment and evaluation of patients/victims of non-intentional and intentional injuries, trauma, violence and crime across the lifespan. Topics include: Principles of forensic evidence collection, child and elder maltreatment, interpersonal violence, sexual violence and abuse and assault, and legal nurse consulting. You will explore the process of testifying in criminal, civil and inquest proceedings, and examine other aspects such as violence prevention, psychosocial factors in violence, human trafficking, and forensic toxicology related to forensic health care.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Design a forensic assessment for children and adolescents who are victims of trauma, violence and crime.
  • Design a forensic assessment for adults who are victims of trauma, violence and crime.
  • Identify issues related to vicarious trauma and provide strategies for self-care.
  • Recognize and develop ways to mitigate ethical issues related to providing care for victims of trauma, violence and crime.
  • Distinguish the categories of forensic evidence in each of its forms such as physical, direct, and trace.
  • Explain the application of the Locard Principle and the chain of custody related to case management of forensic evidence.
  • Differentiate between medical documentation and clinical forensic documentation.
  • Assess the characteristics of proper medicolegal documentation.
  • Predict and interpret the effects of alcohol and drug toxicology on the human body.
  • Distinguish the judicial role and qualifications of an expert witness versus a medical witness within the Canadian Justice System.
  • Evaluate the role of forensic health sciences and the responsibilities of the use of that expertise as an expert witness.

Effective as of Fall 2018

Related Programs

FSCT 9820 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Computing and Academic Studies

  1. Forensic Health Sciences
    Part-time   Graduate Certificate


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