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International Forensic Program Training Courses

Afghan Mass Grave

The International Forensic Program at Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) offers courses and online training in forensic science, human identification, DNA analysis, and international forensic investigations. Our online course is open to the public. Annual courses are primarily intended to give human rights workers and investigators an understanding of the importance of evidence documentation and collection, as well as a well-rounded understanding of forensic science in general. Customized training opportunities are available on a case-specific basis to human rights organizations and their investigators.

Online Courses 

International Forensic Death Investigations

(open enrollment, self-guided)

This course provides an introduction to the tools, methodologies, and best practices of human rights death investigation. As an unsupervised training course, it provides visitors with the opportunity to test themselves through automated exams and guide themselves through the different modules at their own pace. It is a valuable resource for those new to the field, particularly in countries where training is not readily available. It provides an overview of forensic, investigative, and legal standards, and addresses best practices in the field, assessment and management of forensic projects, human rights and humanitarian law, and working with families of the missing. The course is the result of the IFP's involvement in international forensic investigations for over 15 years and was authored by various forensic specialists who have contributed to the IFP.

Customized Training

The International Forensic Program is available for customized training on a case-by-case basis to human rights organizations and their investigators. Training may include forensic science, human identification, DNA analysis, and international forensic investigations. Please contact forensics [at] phrusa [dot] org to discuss the needs of your organization, or call us at +617.301.4200, and ask for the Forensic Program.