Education: Maples Center for Forensic Medicine

The William R. Maples Center for Forensic Medicine was established to expand existing programs in the Colleges of Medicine and Liberal Arts and Sciences to include specializations in forensic toxicology and anthropology. Several new courses are being added to the current curriculum in the departments of Anthropology, Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, and other health-related fields. Additional courses specific to anthropology include quantitative research methods in forensic anthropology, forensic osteology, archaeological methods in forensic anthropology, and anatomy for physical anthropologists. New courses in toxicology include analytical methods in forensic toxicology and principals of pharmacology and toxicology for forensic toxicologists.  Sort course, workshops and online educational courses are also being developed. These courses are open to all graduate students and advanced undergraduates, and serve to compliment present training in the forensic sciences at the University of Florida.

Two introductory courses in forensic science have been developed and are currently offered through the Department of Anthropology and the Hume Honors Program. While the Hume course is limited to Honors students, anthropology’s course is being offered to all interested undergraduate students, and is cross-listed by anthropology, criminology and pathology and laboratory medicine. A distance education program in veterinary forensic sciences which provides a graduate certificate is currently being offered.  More information on the graduate certificate can be found here. In addition, faculty from departments across campus will present courses in their areas of expertise (e.g., forensic engineering, forensic radiology, human biomechanics, and environmental medicine) to fulfill elective requirements in the formal degree programs.

Training and outreach education are coordinated with basic and applied research in order to make a substantial contribution towards meeting state and national needs for broadly trained forensic scientists, teachers, technicians, and professionals. The Maples Center’s educational programs will support the mission of the University of Florida and the SUS to provide citizens of the State of Florida with the broadest possible benefits and opportunities for the future.