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MPH: Aerospace Medicine Track

The goal of the Aerospace Medicine Track is to prepare students for careers in which they will contribute to health protection and promotion within specific populations exposed to hazardous environments, UTMB MPH graduates in the Aerospace Medicine concentration are expected to master the following competencies:

  1. Apply the principles of aviation and space medicine to enhance health, promote safety, and improve performance of persons who work or travel in the aviation and space flight environment (consisting of the operational crews, passengers of air and space vehicles, and support personnel).
  2. Identify the factors that influence the health of persons who work or travel in the aviation and space flight environment.
  3. Describe the genetic, physiologic, and psychosocial factors that affect susceptibility to adverse health outcomes following exposure to occupational and environmental hazards.
  4. Apply primary, secondary and tertiary prevention approaches to disease and injury prevention for persons who work or travel in the aviation and space flight environment.
  5. Identify and evaluate occupational and environmental hazards and recommend methods to reduce exposure and mitigate risk.

This track is currently only available to medical residents in the Aerospace Medicine Residency program at UTMB.


Aerospace Medicine MPH Curriculum

  • Introduction to Epidemiology (PHS 6330; 3 cr.)
  • Principles of Public Health (PHS 6289; 2 cr.)
  • Public Health Assessment, Planning, & Evaluation (PHS 6324; 3 cr.)
  • Public Health Professionalism & Leadership (PHS 6338; 3 cr.)
  • Health Policy & Management (PHS 6384; 3 cr.)
  • Survey & Qualitative Methods (PHS 62xx; 2 cr.)
  • Social Determinants of Health (PHS 6241; 2 cr.)
  • Applied Statistical Methods (PHS 6347; 3 cr.)
21 total credits
  • Principles of Aviation & Space Medicine (PHS 6482; 4 cr.)
  • Occupational Injury & Illness (PHS 6227; 2 cr.)
  • Fundamentals of Occupational Toxicology & Environmental Health (PHS 6402; 4 cr.)
  • Public Health & Preventive Medicine/Health Promotion (PHS 63xx; 3 cr.)

13 total credits
  • Ethics of Scientific Research (MEHU 6101; 1 cr.)
  • Public Health Practice Experience (PHS 6070; 4 cr.)
  • Integrative Learning Experience (PHS 6011-002; 3 cr.)
8 credits
2018-2019 MPH Handbook: Download

2018-2019 Curriculum Plan: Download


Preventive Medicine Graduate Programs
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Boulevard
Galveston, Texas 77555-1110

Phone: (409) 772-6635


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Public Health Graduate Program
Phone: (409) 772-2288


Leslie Stalnaker, MPHLeslie Stalnaker, MPH
Program Manager
Public Health Graduate Program
(409) 772-5271