In-Person Laboratory Classes

Dr. Lerah Sutton instructing forensic medicine students at a clandestine grave workshop

The Forensic Medicine program offers interactive in-person elective laboratory course hosted in Gainesville, Florida. Each semester, students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in various topics related to medico-legal investigations. The courses take place over 5 consecutive days and count as 3 elective credits.

Class Schedule

Course #Course NameCreditsTypeFallSpringSummer
GMS6357L***Forensic Photography Laboratory3ElectiveX
GMS6359LPrinciples of Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Laboratory3ElectiveX
GMS6352LArtifacts of Decomposition Laboratory3ElectiveX
GMS6362LPrinciples of Crime Scene Investigation Laboratory3ElectiveX

*** Requires a DSLR Camera


  • Are these courses required? No. The in-person laboratory classes are not required, but are electives intended for students that want to apply skills learned in the program to hands-on exercises.
  • Where are the laboratories located? Classes take place in various locations in Florida. Please use the links in the course list above for current location for each lab.
  • Are these courses covered by Financial Aid? The tuition can be covered by your financial aid packages. It does not cover travel and lodging accommodations for the 5-day course period. However, you may be able to apply for travel reimbursement if you are participating in an education reimbursement program through your employer.
  • Is there a specific hotel arranged by the program? The hotel in Gainesville, FL is the Best Western Gateway Grand with a pre-arranged rate of $108 per night (includes complimentary breakfast).  This does not cover suite rooms or extending a stay beyond the length of the lab classes. Additionally, the Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville, 1714 SW 34th Street Gainesville, FL 32607 offers a special rate when booked through the UF College of Medicine. You can book your room under the corporate special rate code – N1364036. To make a reservation over the phone, please call the Sales Coordinator, Julia Andreeva at (352) 384-3412.
  • I am not a Forensic Medicine student, do these elective credits apply to my program? For the Veterinary Forensic Sciences, Online Shelter Medicine and Wildlife Forensic Sciences & Conservation programs offered by the Maples Center for Forensic Medicine, the in-person laboratories count for elective credits in your course plan. Students in other University of Florida graduate programs will need to contact their advisory whether the courses can transfer to their course plan.
  • Do I need to be admitted to the Forensic Medicine program to take these courses? No, you can also take an in-person laboratory class as a Non-Degree Student.