Anatomy MSIV Courses
Advanced Clinical Rotations Director
APG Graduate Education Courses
Credit Hours: 34 hours (4 hours, 2 times a week for 4 weeks)
Course Description: This course is an introduction to the application of forensic anthropology. The aim is to understand how anthropologists apply scientific principles and processes to the collection and analysis of skeletal evidence. Topics include anthropology within the context of forensic investigations, human skeletal biology, and research methods, including analyzing bone trauma, pathology, and taphonomy. Anticipated initial course would be offered to up to 20 students during their fourth year. Potential student interest would include pathology, radiology, orthopedics, and any other students with an interest in forensics. This course can be beneficial to military surgeons and medical practitioners who are involved in disaster recovery and combat-related injuries/fatalities. It can provide them with a better understanding of osteology, bone trauma and pathology.
Forensic anthropology, the analysis of human skeletal remains, has advanced significantly in recent history.
This course will focus on:
- The science of forensic anthropology and its applications to criminal and medico-legal investigation
- Investigative methods
- How forensic anthropologists work with medical examiners and pathologists during forensic cases
- Research methods for identifying, examining, analyzing, and interpreting human skeletal remains
- Human skeletal anatomy and dentition review
- Anthropometric instruments and measurement
Reorientation with the standard anatomical position, anatomical planes, and terms of orientation
Students will study actual forensic anthropological cases, examine actual skeletal remains, and answer these 10 standard questions:
- Are the bones human?
- How many individuals are represented?
- How long ago did death occur?
- What was the person's age at death?
- What was the person's sex?
- What was the person's ethnicity/ancestry?
- What was the person's height?
- Are there any identifying characteristics to aid in personal/positive identification?
- What was the cause of death?
- What was the manner of death?
After completing this course, students should be able to:
- Apply scientific principles and processes to the collection and evaluation of evidence
- Analyze evidence and case details and recommend solutions using appropriate quantitative and qualitative anthropological and statistical methods
- Accurately and effectively communicate their findings using appropriate terminology and format
Course location: G-028 ATL Classroom
Comments: Participation must be approved in advance by Dr. Seyfer via email- email@example.com. Early sign-up is recommended since the number of participants is limited.
Site: Anatomical Teaching Laboratory (ATL), USUHS