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Medicolegal Death Investigators Training

Saint Louis University's 40-hour Medicolegal Death Investigators Training Course provides individuals with information on how to conduct scientific, systematic and thorough death scene and telephone investigations for medical examiner and coroner offices.

The basic training is equally valuable to police officers, coroners, physicians, nurses, emergency medical personnel, attorneys, forensic scientists and others who are involved in the investigation of violent, suspicious or unexpected deaths that fall under the jurisdiction of medicolegal authorities.

The Masters Advance Death Investigator Conference is held bi-annually and will cover current topics that have taken place since the last Masters Conference. Due to COVID-19, this course has been moved to June 2022. More information about monthly virtual educational offerings on advances topics will be available soon. We hope to start the lunch time one-hour educational lecture in May and run through November 2021.

About the Course

The purpose of this course is to provide information to individuals who work in or work with medicolegal offices. This course is intended as an introductory level course for those new to medicolegal death investigation. Participants learn to develop the essential facts regarding the death scene, medical history and other information that assists medical examiners/coroners in the determination of a person's cause and manner of death.

Lectures are presented by forensic specialists on all major categories of deaths that occur in medicolegal jurisdictions, with particular emphasis placed on the investigator's role in the death investigation. Since the majority of the presenters are from the St. Louis Metropolitan area, Medicolegal procedures of the local jurisdictions are presented, however, many of these procedures can be transferred to your local jurisdiction.

The course is designed to teach the 29 national guidelines as set forth in the National Institutes of Justice 1999 publication, "Death Investigation: A Guide for the Scene Investigator." Participants are instructed in the proper way to disseminate information to forensic scientists and law enforcement personnel so that a coordinated, efficient and complete death investigation can be achieved.

This course emphasizes the medical aspects of death investigation and is not designed to be a homicide seminar. This course is designed as an introductory level course. Experienced death investigators seeking information beyond the basic introductory information presented in the basic course should consider our Masters Death Investigation Course. 

Registering for the Course

Registration Now Open for the January course

Upcoming Course Dates

Course Directors

Michael A. Graham, M.D.
Professor and Co-Director
Division of Forensic Pathology
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Chief Medical Examiner, City of St. Louis

MariaTeresa A. Tersigni-Tarrant, Ph.D., D-ABFA
Course Co-Director
Adjunct Associate Professor-Department of Pathology, Co-Director of Forensic Education, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

For registration questions for the Basic or Advanced Course, email or call 314-977-7401 and speak to the CME Program Director, Amanda Sain.

College Credit Available

The course qualifies for two hours of undergraduate or graduate credit through Saint Louis University.

Individuals interested in college credit must register and pay the basic course fee through this website and register separately through banner for the college credit course. Additional course fees apply. Payment for the University credit hours will be invoiced separately by the University Registrar.

For additional information about college credit, contact Barb Weekley at