University of Florida forensic science distance education program | Wikipedia audio article


The University of Florida’s (UF) online
forensic science distance education programs cater to working professionals and students
who have completed their Bachelor of Science degrees. The program offers six areas of concentration,
each as a certificate and/or master’s degree. The faculty involved in these programs represent
the fields of forensic science, toxicology, DNA & serology, drug chemistry, environmental
forensics, death investigation, and eterinary forensics. Each course within UF’s program is conducted
online and is made up of specific topic modules. Most modules contain course notes supplemented
with images, animations, and case studies. Students are provided constant access to course
modules, which are released over the duration of the UF semester.==Degree and certificate programs currently
offered==UF currently offers four Master of Science
(MS) programs, and six graduate certificates in forensic science.===Degree programs===
MS in Forensic Toxicology MS in Drug Chemistry
MS in Forensic DNA & Serology MS in Forensic Science (with core courses
and electives)===Certificate programs===
Environmental Forensics Forensic Death Investigation
Forensic Toxicology Drug Chemistry
Forensic DNA & Serology Veterinary Forensic Sciences==
Certificate programs=====
Environmental Forensics===The graduate certificate in environmental
forensics is offered by the UF College of Pharmacy. It offers courses in collaboration with the
University of Canberra in Australia. The certificate is designed to give the environment
law enforcement officer a background in the principles of contaminant analysis and transport
in the environment with the ultimate aim of determining liability for pollution.===Forensic Death Investigation===
The graduate certificate in death investigation is provided by the UF College of Pharmacy. This certificate provides courses in collaboration
with UF’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences department of anthropology and the University
of Edinburgh College of Medicine. It focuses on the investigation of crime and
death using forensic pathology, anthropology, and DNA analysis. Modules in sexual offenses, drug health, forensic
odontology, and wounds are also featured.===Forensic Toxicology, Drug Chemistry, and
Forensic DNA & Serology===These graduate certificates are similar to
the master’s program concentrations offered by the university and are typically 15 credits
of graduate coursework that can then be transferred toward the MS degree. These certificates provide students with foundations
in various aspects of forensic science.===Veterinary Forensic Sciences===
The University of Florida’s Maples Center for Forensic Medicine offers a graduate certificate
in veterinary forensic sciences. This program consists of five courses at the
MS level with a focus on the application of forensic science and medicine to veterinary
medical sciences. This program is in partnership with the University
of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and the American Society for the Prevention
of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). It is the only program of its type in the
United States. The program is unique for its application
of forensic science and medicine to veterinary medicine and animal related crimes including
animal cruelty cases.===Wildlife Forensic Sciences===
The University of Florida’s Maples Center for Forensic Medicine offers a graduate certificate
in wildlife forensic sciences. This program consists of three courses at
the MS level with a focus on the application of forensic science and medicine to wildlife
crime. It is the only program of its type in the
United States. The program is unique for its application
of forensic science and medicine to crime against wildlife including illegal trafficking
and poaching.==Rankings and Recognitions==
The UF online forensic science program has over 700 graduates and students from 33 different
countries who are either enrolled or have completed their master’s degree. Program director Dr. Ian Tebbett, Ph.D., was
awarded the Irving Award by ADEC in 2011 and the 2010 Outstanding Leadership Award by the
U.S. Distance Learning Association.==About the University of Florida==
The University of Florida is the fourth largest academic institution in the US. It is accredited by both the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of American Universities (AAU). UF enrolls more than 6,500 distance students
and has more than 330,000 alumni throughout the world.==See also==
University of Florida clinical toxicology distance education program
University of Florida pharmaceutical chemistry distance education program

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