Essentials of DNA interpretation
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Essentials of Bayesian networks in forensic science
Essentials of forensic interpretation
Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence
Target audiencePractitioners of forensic genetics - including reporting officers, forensic geneticians, lawyers, accreditation bodies - having a University degree (at least BSc) or an equivalent degree of a higher education programme
The course is given in English. However, exercises, discussions and one-to-one tutorial can be led in English, German or French.
IntroductionGiven by recognized specialists in the field, this online course brings the essentials of evidence interpretation applied in the ?administration of justice. It is designed to train practitioners in the most up to date approaches to the evaluation and interpretation of DNA. The content is based on the use of likelihood ratios, an approach that is supported by the International Society of Forensic Genetics, the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes and the Association of Forensic Science Providers. The course lasts 6 months with a workload per week of 3 hours on the online platform and 1.5 to 2 hours of personal work (in total around 150 hours training).
For those wanting to specialize, we also offer the following on-line short courses: Essentials of Bayesian networks in forensic science and Essentials of forensic interpretation.
And, in addition to these two short courses, a Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Statistics and the Evaluation of Forensic Evidence is proposed to forensic practioners willing to acquire a comprehensive training (around 470 hours training).
Introduction to probabilistic inference in forensic science
The instructors have theoretical and practical experience with evaluation and interpretation from laboratory to courtroom. They have published over the years numerous scholarly papers and textbooks on the subjects of evaluation and statistics in forensic science.
Course venueOnline course
RegistrationApply online. A current curriculum vitae is to be uploaded through our online application system.
Course fee *3’500.- Swiss Francs
* based on the price of the last edition
Contact for administrative questionsMs. Mary-Claire André Mollet
mary-claire.andremollet [a] unil[.]ch
Alumni testimonials« I found the course to be an excellent extension of my knowledge and allowed me to challenge my approach to casework by examining different methodologies and tease out the basis for their use. I have been able to use what I have learned both myself, in assisting other staff at my organisation and in teaching. I had reservations about the online environment but my contact with the teaching team was excellent. They had a thorough understanding of current practise and the pressures that go along with it. I would recommend this course to any practitioner who wished to extend their knowledge beyond just being able to do forensic DNA analysis to being able to understand forensic DNA analysis. » Damien Abarno, DNA Database Program Manager, Forensic Science SA
« I have very fond memories of my time on the Essentials of DNA Interpretation course. It was a very important milestone in the development of my DNA Interpretation expertise and it has helped me to obtain career development opportunities. For example, I am currently responsible for the introduction of new DNA Interpretation software at our organisation. The course material and teachers were excellent. » Alan Magee, Forensic Science Ireland
« The Essentials of DNA interpretation course gives an excellent grounding in the fundamentals of DNA interpretation, covering areas which include probabilistic and statistical reasoning, population genetics, mixture analysis, low template DNA, Mt DNA, ySTR, familial and database searching as well as real case studies highlighting issues encountered in court. The course is interactive and is delivered by recognized experts in the area who were very accessible throughout. I would recommend this course to practitioners in the area as a means of updating their knowledge in evaluation and interpretation of DNA evidence. »
Yvonne O’Dowd, Forensic Science Ireland
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