Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine

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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 2022 will be held July 5 - 22, 2022 and will be a virtual course due to COVID-19.  Applicants accepted into the course will be notified for an in-person option if applicable restrictions are lifted.  

Application deadline: March 15.

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