Michelle Dupre

Dr. Michelle Dupre

Program Director - Criminal Justice, Disaster&Emerg Mgmt, Fire Science

Wil Lou Gray/Office 101

803.786.3740 3790 Email


Known as "Doc" around campus, Dr. DuPre is the Program Chair for Health & Sciences as well as the graduate Criminal Justice program. She has experience as a physician, certified law enforcement officer and medical examiner, and forensic pathologist. Doc has over ten years of experience in higher education as a Professor and Department Chair, and her experience in health care and law enforcement totals thirty years.

Doc has a wide range of first-hand knowledge and experiences to share with students. She began her career in law enforcement with the Columbia City Police. She then became a detective with the Lexington County Sheriff's Department and later worked in undercover operations. After finishing medical school, she completed her residency in pathology at Duke University and went on to complete a Forensic Fellowship in Miami, Florida and in San Antonio, Texas with Vincent DiMaio, known as the Father of Forensic Pathology.

For nearly two decades, DuPre worked for the U.S. and British Governments and the Department of Justice. She's worked as a medical examiner across several states and countries, as an instructor at the SC Criminal Justice Academy, and as an instructor and presenter for personnel investigating child abuse and neglect cases.

Under Dr. DuPre's leadership, the Health & Sciences programs at Columbia College have expanded significantly. She led the development of the RN to BSN online nursing program as well as the BS degree in Respiratory Care, one of only a few in the country. Several additional programs are awaiting accreditation, and Dr. DuPre continues to envision what's next for Columbia College. With a healthcare environment that's rapidly changing, she's passionate about ensuring that Columbia College continues to shift and adapt to serve the needs of today's students, communities, and our overall health care system.

As the Program Chair of the graduate Criminal Justice program, Doc has worked with Columbia College to develop an advanced degree program that prepares officers with the critical thinking skills they need to address the changing demands of criminal justice. She’s seen firsthand how technology changes daily, and she knows the value of having professionals in the field who are ready to meet and exceed the demands of these changes. Doc also believes in the importance of understanding crimes like identify theft, human trafficking, and cybercrimes, which are growing and having a real impact on law enforcement.

In addition to her role at Columbia College, Dr. DuPre is an Associate Professor for the Basic Medical Sciences and the Master’s in Forensic Science programs at the University of the West Indies. She also assisted in the inauguration of their Programme.

Dr. DuPre regularly speaks at regional and national nursing, medical, and forensic conferences, is often the keynote speaker and is a forensic medicine consultant for CNN Headline News, Primetime Justice, and the Nancy Grace Radio show. She has written two field guides for law enforcement for homicide and child abuse investigations.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Who's Who in Colleges and Universities - "Best Mentor Award"
  • American Business Women's Association (ABWA) - "Woman of the Year"