Aerospace Medicine Residency Program

The UTMB Health/NASA Aerospace Medicine residency program combines the facilities, faculty, and expertise of two great institutions and several partners to provide aerospace medicine training focused on space to the flight surgeons and researchers of tomorrow.

The two‐year program integrates academics leading to a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and practicum experience in a variety of aerospace medicine related activities and rotations. Program graduates are eligible for certification by the American Board of Preventive Medicine (ABPM) in Aerospace Medicine.

Training is prevention‐based and acquaints residents with unique aspects of space medicine applications including medical standards and certification, crew health issues, biomedical protective equipment, acceleration, microgravity, hyper and hypobaric conditions, radiation, remote monitoring, and lifetime surveillance of astronaut health. Residents become proficient in the ability to access the literature related to the physiological changes that occur in microgravity and evaluate current research.

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The UTMB Health Aerospace Medicine Residency Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Program Highlights

  • Work with national and international experts in space medical disciplines 
  • Train in space biomedical research design, aerospace medicine space physiology, and biostatistics 
  • Participate in NASA medical operational activities
  • Complete a total of 42 hours of graduate-level coursework (MPH)
  • Develop and complete a capstone project to earn an MPH degree
  • Qualify residents to be eligible to sit for the certification examination of the American Board of Preventive Medicine (General Preventive Medicine & Public Health)

Academic Study

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Practicum Opportunities

The MPH degree plan includes a core set of 42 credit hours required by the Accreditation for Graduate Medical Education and the Council on Education for Public Health.

  • Courses in core knowledge areas of public health (Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Health Policy, Environmental Health, and Social/Behavioral Sciences)
  • Aerospace specialty courses (toxicology, global health & travel medicine, principles of aviation and space medicine, and accident investigation/ risk management and mitigation)
  • Completion of a capstone (applied) or thesis (research) report
  • Completion of a mentored public health practice experience

Summer I

  • Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine 
  • Occupational Injury and Illness


  • Applied Statistical Methods
  • Introduction to Epidemiology
  • Foundations in Public Health
  • Special Topics: Stress and Health
  • Environmental Health & Toxicology
  • Health Policy and Management
  • Health Promotion: Social & Behavioral Approaches
  • Ethics of Scientific Research


  • Intensive Course in Tropical and Travel Medicine
  • Accident Investigation/Risk Management and Mitigation
  • Public Health and Preventive Medicine

Summer II

  • Public Health Practice
  • Ethics of Scientific Research
  • Thesis

It is our mission to prepare physicians in the operational aspects of aerospace medicine and space biomedical research to protect the health of populations exposed to unusual or extreme environments, to be knowledgeable about the physical and engineering aspects of the flight environment, and manage public safety issues from a variety of regulatory agencies.

Practicum experience includes clinical and other rotations to provide the necessary training opportunities covering the entire spectrum of aerospace medicine. These rotations prepare the resident through supervised clinical, project and program management experiences to be competent in all aerospace medicine competencies.

  • NASA Johnson Space Center
  • KBRwyle
  • FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
  • Military Aerospace Medicine
  • UTMB Health Aerospace Medicine Center
  • Commercial Spaceflight
  • UTMB Center for Polar Medical Operations
  • Commercial Spaceflight
  • Airline Industry
  • Clinical Preventive Medicine– various sites
  • Electives (NOAA, hyperbaric medicine, NTSB, Galveston County Health District, etc.) 


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

p. (409) 772-5845

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William E. Powers, MD, MS
Director, Aerospace Medicine Residency


R. Yvette Schulz
Program Manager, Preventive Medicine Residency Programs

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