Introduction to Human Osteology
Course will only run if COVID-19 Pandemic situation permits.
In the event of a cancellation full refunds will be issued.
This four day course offers an in-depth study of the human skeleton through informative lectures and interactive hands-on practical sessions using real human skeletal remains from the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine's (VIFM) reference skeletal collection.
The course will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of human skeletal and dental anatomy, and give participants the opportunity to learn how to identify and side skeletal elements (including major anatomical landmarks) and classify dental remains. Participants will also be introduced to the osteological principles of differentiating human from non-human bone and creating a biological profile (i.e., estimating age, sex, ancestry and stature).
This course is beneficial for archaeologists, museum curators and heritage officers who may work with skeletal remains; students who are interested in pursuing studies/careers in biological archaeology or forensic anthropology, and medical professionals (i.e., forensic pathologists) who are required to undertake anthropological examinations of skeletal remains.
No prior knowledge of human osteology is required for this course. Lectures will be delivered by discipline specific experts from the VIFM and external organisations.
At the end of the course participants will have:
understand the basic principles of bone biology and skeletal growth;
understand the basic principles of human variation;
identify the major anatomical landmarks and key features of each bone;
correctly side each bone in the human body;
distinguish human bones from some of the most common animal bones; and
identify the main bone features that are used to provide a biological profile (sex, age,
ancestry and stature).
This course is eligible for 28 Scientific hours / Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.
Monday 16th August - Thursday 19th August 2021.
$2,200 Full / $1,800 Student (includes GST).
copy of the textbook 'The Human Bone
Manual' by White & Folkens 2005
morning tea, afternoon tea, lunch
certificate of completion
Registration on this short courses requires full fee payment, this course is not eligible for fee HELP or CSP.
The Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine
65 Kavanagh Street
Registrations will be limited to 24 and will close as soon as we have 24 registrations
There is no on-site parking available.