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Work in the nation's best medical examination facilities under the guidance of experienced, board-certified forensic pathologists, toxicologists, odontologists and anthropologist.
The Master of Science (MS) in Forensic Medicine is a full time, non-thesis, 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, general pathology, forensic autopsy, medico-legal death investigation, forensic toxicology, forensic 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 the nation’s best medical examination facilities under the guidance of licensed and board certified forensic pathologists. Graduates will be prepared for a number of job opportunities such as medicolegal death investigation, forensic toxicology, working in police organizations, such as crime labs, prosecutors’ offices, or departments of forensic sciences of universities.
Alternatively, the MS will prepare 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 Master's of Science from UMB and a Juris Masters from CUPL.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, where most Forensic Medicine core courses are conducted, is accredited by the National Association of Medical Examiners.
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:
- Medico-legal death investigation supporting forensic pathologists at medical examiner's offices or Coroner's offices
- Medical school study and then future 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, 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.
Applications for fall admission are due February 15 for international applications, and May 1 for domestic applicants.
Ling Li, MD