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) or Master of Science (MS) 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 operations activities
  • Complete a total of 42 hours of graduate-level coursework 
  • Develop and complete a capstone project to earn an MPH degree  
  • Continue advanced clinical training in relevant sub-specialties (such as hyperbaric medicine)

Academic Study


Practicum Opportunities

The MPH or MS 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

Course curriculum includes a total of 42 credit hours.


  • Principles of Aviation and Space Medicine (4)
  • Aerospace Toxicology (3)


  • Biostatistics (4)
  • Introduction to Epidemiology (3)
  • Environmental Health & Toxicology (3)
  • Health Policy and Management (3)
  • Health Promotion: Social & Behavioral Approaches (3)
  • Ethics of Scientific Research (1)


  • Tropical and Travel Medicine (4)
  • Accident Investigation/Risk Management and Mitigation (2)
  • Thesis (8)
  • Public Health Practice (4)

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
  • Wyle
  • FAA Civil Aerospace Medical Institute
  • USAF Aerospace Medicine Primary Course
  • US Army Flight Surgeon Course
  • UTMB Health Aerospace Medicine Center
  • United States Coast Guard
  • Galveston County Health District
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • Commercial Spaceflight
  • Airline Industry
  • Clinical Preventive Medicine– various sites
  • Electives


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

p. (409) 772-5845

Tarah Castleberry, DO, MPH
Tarah Castleberry, DO, MPH
Director, Preventive Medicine Residency Programs

R. Yvette Schulz
Program Manager, Preventive Medicine Residency Programs


p. (409) 772-5845

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