UMass Dartmouth to offer graduate certificate program in forensics beginning in January

UMass Dartmouth to offer graduate certificate program in forensics beginning in January

UMass Dartmouth to offer graduate certificate program in forensics beginning in January 

The most current information in molecular diagnostics used in forensic science and law, including DNA implications, will be offered by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in a graduate certificate course for attorneys and scientists that begins in January. The Department of Medical Laboratory Science and Southern New England School of law have teamed up to bring the 15-credit graduate certificate program to this region for the first time. 

Dr. James Griffith, Professors Thom Goodwin, Eileen Carreiro, and Frank Scarano from the Dept. of Med. Lab Science; Dean Robert Ward from the Southern New England Law School and Anne Goldbach, Director for Forensic Services, Commonwealth of Massachusetts Committee for Public Council Services, developed and will teach this certificate. 

The first course offered in January will be in Human Genetics, said Dr. Antone Vieira, UMD’s Executive Director for Corporate Programs and Partnerships. It will review the basic concepts of gene theory and application. The course will include a survey of genetic mechanisms of inheritance and disease. Population genetics will also be discussed. 

Gene Defect Analysis will explore various theories of molecular genetics as seen in human health and disease. This course will be followed by an Introduction to Biomedical Statistics. The organizational techniques used in the collection and analysis of biomedical data will be discussed with emphasis on accuracy, precision, standard error, correlation, and regression. 

The final course will be Evidence and Court Room Proceedings. This 6-credit course will be held at Southern England Law School. The course will cover evidence, relevancy, hearsay, admissibility of evidence, and impeachment of evidence. The course will include ethics, constitutional issues and informed consent as it relates to the implications of DNA as well as trial advocacy and procedure 

The certificate program will be taught at UMass Dartmouth’s Professional and Continuing Education Center, 139 South Main Street, Fall River and at SNESL, 333 Faunce Corner Rd., North Dartmouth. The certificate includes four graduate level courses, and costs UMD’s standard graduate credit rate plus fees. Classes begin the week of January 27, 2003. 

For further information, contact Dr. Antone Vieira ( in the Division of Continuing Education at 508-999-8744, or Susan Boulay ( at the Professional and Continuing Education Center at 508-678-3636. Walk in registration is available at the main campus in Dartmouth and also at the Professional and Continuing Education Center in Fall River. 

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