Certificate in Forensic Trends and Issues in Contemporary Healthcare

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 9.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 43.0106
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 19-4092


The certificate program examines contemporary trends and issues related to the wide range of interpersonal violence, crime and sudden violent death that may be encountered in a variety of healthcare settings. Theoretical tenets, methods for assessment and related implications for intervention and/or referral will be examined from a multifaceted perspective—including that of the offender, crime victim, families, and the healthcare community-at-large.

Program Goals

  • Examine social attitudes and perceptions toward victimization and offending behavior;
  • Identify the psychological, physical and legal aspects of victimization;
  • Assess victim trauma and identify appropriate interventions for victimized clients;
  • Assess the motivational intent and behavior patterns of offenders who commit aggressive crimes;
  • Analyze institutional approaches and subsequent response patterns to victims and offenders in a variety of settings (e.g., inpatient, outpatient, primary care settings, academic, etc.);
  • Assess ethical dimensions of healthcare issues relative to the role and scope of practice and healthcare providers;
  • Examine healthcare policy assessment, development and/or modification to enhance health promotion of offenders and victims across the lifespan.

Admission to this program requires completion of a BS/BA degree. The program is intended for providers and educators in the healthcare sciences, as well as professionals who have direct contact with victims and/or offenders across disciplines and areas of practice (e.g. social workers, criminal justice, police, high school teachers, etc). The program is open to practitioners, graduate student and healthcare educators across the continuum of specialties and agencies.

NURS 519Forensic Science Foundations3.0
NURS 528Victimology – Contemporary Trend3.0
NURS 533Forensic Mental Health3.0
Total Credits9.0

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Jillian Randall
Academic Advisor

Additional information is also available on the Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Forensic Trends and Issues in Contemporary Healthcare web page and Drexel University Online's Forensic Trends and Issues in Contemporary Healthcare web page.

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