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Diploma in Human Identification

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The Professional Diploma in Human Identification by SIFS India is designed to equip students with knowledge about the role forensic anthropology plays while investigating human remains.

You will learn methods and techniques forensic anthropologists use to analyze mysteries hidden within bones by identifying characteristics such as age, sex, and ancestry in a legal context. This course will enhance your skill and expertise in many areas, and you will be well-versed in how to bring clarity to complex cases and contribute to providing justice to the innocent.

Our curriculum goes beyond theory and includes several interactive activities and assignments in accordance with real-life cases to keep you engaged throughout. A few topics that we cover include the history and scope of forensic odontology, dental anatomy, types of dental records, comparison of ante-mortem and post-mortem dental records, bite mark analysis, disaster victim identification and challenges, dental identification methods, child and elderly abuse, admissibility of bite mark evidence in court, types of dental trauma, the role of forensic odontologists in civil litigation cases, new technologies, and emerging trends in forensic odontology.

Upon course completion, as a skilled forensic anthropologist, you can work for law enforcement and government agencies, museums, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, archaeological sites, research and maintenance companies, and medical examiners.

In addition to the technical aspects, you will gain guidance about ethical considerations, including ensuring respect for the deceased and adherence to professional standards. You will gain insights about the tools to work seamlessly alongside professionals from various fields, highlighting the critical role you play in an overall investigative approach.

  • Curriculum


    This module provides an overview of forensic odontology, its historical development, and its scope in human identification. You will also learn the ethical considerations followed by forensic odontologists to ensure professionalism, along with the crucial role they play in identifying human remains through dental records and bite marks during criminal investigations, thereby making a meaningful contribution to this forensic domain.


    In this module, you will learn about dental anatomy and nomenclature, the dental development process, tooth eruption, age identification, tooth identification, and terminology for effective communication and documentation of investigation findings. The module also covers the study of a valuable forensic odontology tool, namely radiographic interpretation, that enables dental record assessment through X-ray images for identification purposes.


    This module focuses on types of dental records and their role in identification processes (for living individuals and post-mortem cases), the post-mortem dental examination process, the significance of dental remains in identifying human remains, and the comparison between ante-mortem and post-mortem dental records. You will also learn various dental age estimation techniques to determine the age of unidentified individuals using dental development and wear patterns.


    In this module, you will learn about the importance of bite mark analysis in forensic investigations, bite mark characteristics, ways to collect bite mark evidence, the bite mark comparison and analysis process, the determination of bite mark source using dental records, and several other factors. The module also covers bite mark interpretation in both criminal and civil cases to establish the guilt or innocence of a person during legal proceedings.


    This module focuses on principles and processes for identifying mass disaster victims and the significant role forensic odontology plays in identifying individuals through dental evidence and records. You will also gain knowledge about the process and challenges forensic experts face while dealing with large-scale incidents where they need to identify several victims accurately and efficiently.


    This module focuses on the roles of both forensic anthropology and odontology in the field of forensic science, the contributions forensic odontologists make to anthropological investigations using dental investigation methods, and the application of dental evidence in anthropological reconstructions. You will gain insights into how experts in these two forensic domains collaborate with each other to solve critical cases of human identification involving skeletal remains.


    In this module, you will learn about child and elder abuse issues, indicators to recognize abuse in both populations, and the role of forensic examination of bite marks commonly found in cases of abuse. The module also covers duties to be followed while reporting and testifying in child and elder abuse-related cases in court and the need to gain expertise while addressing these sensitive matters.


    This module covers an overview of legal considerations, the role of expert testimony in forensic odontology, the need for accurate and reliable dental identification methods, and the role of bite mark analysis during legal proceedings. You will also learn about the admissibility of bite mark evidence in court and the standards to follow to make this evidence accepted as part of a legal case.


    This module focuses on dental trauma analysis within the forensic domain, various types of dental trauma, common causes of dental trauma, knowledge required by forensic professionals to assess and interpret such injuries, and techniques and methodologies used to reconstruct dental trauma cases. By the end of this module, you will be well-versed in identifying and documenting dental injuries for investigative and legal purposes.


    In this module, you will learn about several human identification methods, the significant role of forensic odontology in this process of handling dental evidence, and the integration of forensic odontology and other identification techniques (like DNA analysis). You will gain insights into how the collaborative nature of modern forensic disciplines to establish a person’s identity within a forensic context is revolutionizing the investigative process.


    This module highlights the application of forensic odontology in civil litigation, the role of forensic odontologists in civil litigation cases, bite mark evidence assessment during legal proceedings, the processes involved in reporting findings, and how forensic odontologists can testify as expert witnesses in civil litigation cases. You will gain knowledge about the importance of their contributions to the legal system.


    This module covers the evolutions in the field of forensic odontology, insights about new technologies and innovations that assist in robust investigations, emerging trends in bite mark analysis, potential future developments in forensic odontology, and case studies highlighting the practical usage and relevance of these advancements and their impact on forensic investigations.

  • What steps should I follow to enroll in this professional course?

    To enroll, click on the “Register for Course” option available on the right side of the screen, followed by the provided instructions and payment procedure.

  • Can I pay directly to the bank account of SIFS India?

    Yes, you have the option to make a direct payment to the bank account of SIFS India; all you have to do is write an email to requesting the bank details. 

  • Which documents do I have to upload at the time of enrollment?

    Academic Qualification Documents, Professional Qualification Certificates, and National ID Proof or Passport Copy are required at the time of enrollment.  

  • What if I am unable to upload my documents?

    Kindly send your necessary documents with proof of payment to

  • How will I receive confirmation once I have completed the payment procedure?

    Admission Confirmation email will be sent with your portal credentials once the proof of payment and application form with all the necessary documents is received to

  • How do I login to the portal for my professional course?

    To login, visit the portal at the given link: and enter your login credentials, i.e., your username and password shared via email. 

  • What study material access will I have after logging into the portal?

    After logging into the portal, you will have access to reading material, reference eBooks, and e-research papers. 

  • Will I receive any assignments during my course duration?

    Yes, all your assignments, projects, case studies and practice tests will be assigned to you through your portal as per the level you will be enrolled in. 

  • What technical prerequisites are necessary for a professional course?

    You can easily access our professional course on mobile or tablet devices. We highly recommend that you use your desktop or laptop and a reliable internet connection for a better view.

  • Are there any prerequisites for this professional course?

    In case of any prerequisites provided by the resource person, we will provide the students with prior information on their WhatsApp group.

  • Are there any live lectures provided in this professional course?

    Yes, live lectures will be conducted through Zoom.

  • How will I receive the session joining link?

    Enrolled students will receive the session joining link via WhatsApp group.

  • What will be the duration of the lecture?

    The duration of each lecture will be one hour.

  • Will I get the recorded lectures?

    Yes, recorded lectures will be provided through your portal.

  • Will there be any exams after completing the professional course?

    Yes, there will be an online exam after completing the professional course.

  • Will I receive any certificates after completing the professional course?

    Yes, upon successful completion of the professional course, you will receive a certificate and marksheet, which can be a valuable addition to your resume and may enhance your career prospects in the field.

  • Where to contact in case of any queries or technical support?

    Write to us at, call: +91-1147074263, or WhatsApp: +91-7303913002.

John White Webster Case Study

Dr. George Parkman was a renowned doctor and a money lender. He went to Dr. John White Webster, a Harvard University professor, to collect the money he lent him on November 23, 1849, and was last seen alive by people on this day.

A week after this incident, a set of human remains were found by a janitor, Ephraim Littlefield, in a concealed stone vault under Webster’s office.

Littlefield developed suspicions about Webster when he saw him carrying a huge bundle.

He also asked the janitor to make a fire. He was aware of Parkman’s disappearance and the money owed to him by Webstar.

Therefore, he immediately guessed that the remains were those of George Parkman.

Police arrived at the scene, and digging to recover the remains started.

A set of false teeth and around 150 bones were recovered. Now the question was to establish whether the remains were those of Dr. Parkman.

To solve this mystery, a Harvard anatomy professor, Dr. Jeffries Wyman, was invited.

He carried out a detailed analysis of the bones and noted all the important features he could find.

His investigation concluded that the remains match Parkman's age, build, and height. Also, for confirmation purposes, Parkman’s dentist was asked to identify the false teeth found at the crime scene, which were identified as dental mold made especially for the victim.

Webster was tried and found guilty of the murder of George Parkman, and he was hanged in August 1850.

Note: This is only a glimpse of one of a few case studies that we might cover. All case studies are subject to change as per current trends and developments, except a few famous ones from the past.

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My experience at SIFS was really enlightening because I was exposed to a whole new world of studying. The lecturers were really helpful and friendly; they made the whole learning process really easy. Thank you.

Rohan Anderson


It was a very fulfilling experience the lectures were very informative and helpful in every aspect. 

Evan Cox


My journey here at SIFS India is one that I will always cherish, being able to complete my course has allowed be the opportunity to make lifelong friends and I have gained an immeasurable amount of knowledge in the process. Also, the staff at SIFS India has been very considerate and cooperative. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone who is desirous of completing a degree in forensic science. Thank you for making my academic journey a beautiful one and making me one degree hotter.

Saskia Hinds


I have a good expensive with SIFS and I would recommend it to all.

Ravindra Luckhoo


It was a well spent 6 months with your Organization. Thank you for helping me to learn this course



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Dr. Ranjeet Singh

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