Work in the nation's best medical examination facilities under the guidance of experienced, board-certified forensic pathologists.
The Master of Science (MS) in Forensic Medicine is a full time, non-thesis, 12-18 month graduate degree program that prepares students for careers in forensic medicine. Students will participate in classroom and online lectures, case discussions and laboratory training. The curriculum will focus on forensic pathology, forensic autopsy, medico-legal death investigation, forensic neuropathology, postmortem radiology, forensic odontology and forensic anthropology. The State of Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and the University of Maryland, Baltimore offer this program collaboratively giving students the opportunity to study in of the nation’s best medical examination facilities under the guidance of licensed and board certified forensic pathologists at a university renown for biomedical science research. Graduates will be prepared for a number of job opportunities such as death investigation, assisting the pathologists in autopsy performance, working in police organizations, prosecutors’ offices, departments of forensic medicine. Alternatively, the MS will preparation for medical school and specialization in forensic pathology. In addition to the 30 credit full program, a dual degree MS-JM is offered with the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL). Through a sharing of credits between the two universities, students will earn a Masters of Science from UMB and a Juris Masters from CUPL.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the demand for Medical Scientists is projected to grow 8% from 2014 to 2024. In addition, it is projected that the demand for Forensic Science Technicians will grow as much as 27% from 2014 to 2024. The knowledge and training you'll receive in the Forensic Medicine Program will prepare you to capitalize on this growth in a number of fields, including:
- death investigation supporting forensic pathologists
- assisting pathologists in autopsy performance
- forensic pathologist
- police organizations
- prosecutors’ offices
- departments/divisions of forensic medicine/science in medical colleges and universities
- government or private forensic medical societies
The Master of Science in Forensic Medicine is a non-thesis, full-time, 12 to 18 month program requiring 30 credits of coursework. The courses are offered in a combination of in-class and online lectures, case discussions, laboratory training, and web conferences by accomplished faculty.
Forensic medicine applies the principles and knowledge of medical sciences and technologies to the purposes of the law, as in determining the cause of death. This program is designed to give program graduates the knowledge and skills to allow them to contribute to the medico-legal death investigation system and to the legal justice systems. These contributions include the generation of knowledge in the field through submission of a manuscript for publication.