2019 Forensics Workshop



Enrollment & Application

Syllabus & Schedule

This one-week intensive workshop covers most aspects in the analysis of human skeletal remains as they relate to forensic anthropology and forensic medicine. Students will receive classroom and laboratory training at the Department of Anatomy, University of Hawai‘i John A. Burns School of Medicine, utilizing a broad array of learning materials including contemporary skeletons. This is a non-credit educational activity; certificates will be provided to each student upon successful completion of the course.

The award-winning workshop is divided into two components: human osteology and forensic anthropology (4 days), and field recovery of human remains in a forensic setting (1 day). Working individually and in small teams, students will analyze a known-identity human skeleton and compile a biological profile consisting of the individual’s age at death, sex, ancestry, stature, bone disease, and trauma. Topics covered include:

  • Handling, preserving, and curating remains; identifying and siding human bones
  • Methods for estimating age at death, sex, ancestry/race, stature, and personal identity
  • Bone disease and healing; skeletal trauma
  • Non-metric traits and anatomical variants of the human skeleton
  • Archaeological methods for recovering buried and surface scattered remains
  • Plastination and preservation of human remains
  • 3D photogrammetry and Augmented Virtual Reality of human bones
  • Introduction to functional and musculoskeletal anatomy
  • Osteometrics

The workshop is open to US citizens and international visitors with appropriate visas. Enrollment is typically limited to 40 students (minimum of 30). Diverse participants include high school students (must be at least 16 years of age and of junior or senior standing) and practicing professionals in fields/ professions, including:

  • Forensic science
  • Allied health services and sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Anatomists
  • Physicians
  • Law enforcement
  • Museum studies/staff
  • Higher education