Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine

This 4-week course is typically held in July annually.  The goal of the course is to provide a thorough familiarization with the history of aviation, spaceflight and the specialty of aerospace medicine, human physiology in aviation and spaceflight, human factors engineering concepts related to aviation and spaceflight, the role of aerospace specialists in the selection, training, standards, medical certification and health maintenance of aviation and spaceflight personnel.  Evaluation is determined by participation in class, an oral presentation on a topic from the field of aerospace medicine.

Students who complete this course will be prepared to:

  • Identifying a circumstance in which human factors impose undesirable limitations on current or proposed aerospace operations
  • Identify the physiologic effects of flight and spaceflight on humans
  • Analyze relationships among systems that influence the health of humans in the flight and spaceflight environments
  • Understand the design of air and flight space equipment, biomedical equipment, and vehicles to promote flight safety

The following core and specialty competencies are addressed: Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Systems-Based Practice, Interpersonal & Communication Skills, and Professionalism.

Course Dates and Application

PASM 2023 will be held July 3 – 21, 2023 and will be a virtual course. 

NEW this year!
An optional separate Post-PASM Workshop will be offered in person. 

The workshop will be held July 24 – 28, 2023, Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  Participants must apply to the workshop separately for one of the 20 seats available.  This workshop will include both additional mentoring and in-depth didactics on various Aerospace Medicine topics. The on-site tours at NASA Johnson Space Center are not officially part of this workshop; however, we will try and accommodate them on a space-available basis.

Details including the application for the course, course fee, workshop application, workshop fee, and registration deadline are below.

UTMB PASM Application   |   Post PASM Workshop Application

Application Deadline: MARCH 31ST. 

Registration fees are due MAY 1st to secure a seat in the course and/or workshop.

Applications for the Gregory G. Shaskan, MD Scholarship is open to course participants and will be provided at a later date.

Interested applicants should contact the program at or call (409) 747-6131 for details about the course.