Forensic Medicine

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Adarsh Kumar
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Course Overview:

This course entitled “Forensic Medicine” has been designed in a very systematic and logical manner for self-learning of a virtual learner.This course shall be presented through a variety of multimedia enriched e-content, activities and assessments so that you are able to understand various topics very well.

The entire course shall be delivered in 15 weeks including two weeks for Revision and Assessment. In the weeks 1-7 and 9-14, you shall be provided with self-learning e-content including videos, e-text, activities and weekly quizzes. You must attempt all these quizzes.  In the 8th and 15th weeks, you are supposed to revise what you have learnt till then and you shall be given assignments and quizzes. Grades obtained in these shall be counted in the final grading.

This shall be followed by proctored examination(s) covering entire syllabus, which shall be duly notified. A team of PI/co-PI, Course Coordinator, Tutor(s)/ Teaching Assistants shall always be there with you to provide you support for any problems you face. You can post your queries in the discussion forums or through mail. At the end of the course, you must provide feedback which will help us to enhance the quality of this course further.

Objectives of the course:

This course has been developed for the students seeking in-depth understanding of the concepts related to forensic medicine. The course will provide an overview to the field of forensic medicine and subsequently with this, forensic odontology will also be taken up in detail. This will be followed by a detailed study on forensic thanatology comprising of the study regarding post-mortem interval and forensic entomology as well. The next section will be dealing with forensic pathology, how medico-legal autopsy is carried out and also regarding the preservation of viscera. This will be subsequently followed up with a section on sudden and natural death and how identification of victims of disaster is carried out will also be dealt in detail. Furthermore, the next section will be dealing with a detailed study on mechanical injuries and also its classification into two - blunt force and sharp force injuries which are further subdivided. Abrasion, Laceration and Contusion which is classified under blunt force injuries will be dealt separately and similarly, incised wounds and stab wounds which come under sharp force injuries for also be taken up individually. The course shall also be dealing with firearm and head injuries and in the next section transportation and burn injuries will also be taken up. The next subsequent section will deal with topics like electrocution and medico-legal aspects of injury. Asphyxial deaths shall be taken up in detail where hanging, strangulation, suffocation and drowning, will be dealt separately. This course on forensic medicine will also provide a detailed outlook on subject matters such as sexual offences and perversions in conjunction with these anaphylactic deaths will also be dealt separately in detail. The last section of this course shall be dealing in detail regarding custodial torture, deaths and starvation.


Eligibility for Enrolment (25 words) –

For credit transfer, a learner should be enrolled in any of the following:

Pursuing Post-Graduate course in Forensic Science

Pursuing Undergraduate course in any science subject

Pursuing MBBS

As optional/elective for related or any other relevant course

For others: No eligibility


Course prerequisite, intended audience and reading materials


For pursuing this course, students are required to be familiar with the following concepts:

Human physiology, basics of biology, composition and nature of chemical substances, computer applications and instrumental techniques

Fundamentals of Forensic Science

Intended Audience     

Pursuing M.Sc. – Forensic Science

Pursuing PG diploma – Forensic Science

Pursuing Certificate courses – Forensic Science

UG Qualified Forensic Science students – B.Sc.(H) Forensic Science

UG Pursuing science students

MBBS Students

CBSE-NET Aspirants


Reading Materials:

Textbook of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology: Principles & Practice 

Forensic Medicine, by P.V. Guharaj

Learning outcomes

After studying this MOOC, you shall be able to

Know in detail about the field of forensic medicine and also about forensic odontology.

Gain an in-depth understanding regarding forensic thanatology, post-mortem interval and forensic pathology, procedure followed while conducting medico-legal autopsy and also how viscera can be preserved.

Understand what sudden and unexpected deaths are and also learn how disaster victim identification is done.

Comprehend about mechanical injuries including blunt force and sharp force injuries.

Learn about firearm and head injuries, transportation and burn injuries, in addition to electrocution and also about medico-legal aspects of injuries.

Know and understand in-depth regarding asphyxial deaths including hanging, strangulation, and suffocation and drowning.

Understand about sexual offences and sexual perversions and also about anaphylactic deaths.

Learn in detail regarding custodial torture, death and starvation.

Other Skills: Interactivity, Virtual discussion, Time management, Self-Learning



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Adarsh Kumar

Dr. Adarsh Kumar

Additional Professor,

Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology


Faculty In-charge

Forensic Anthropology &

Forensic Radiology, AIIMS, New Delhi


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