2019-2020 Academic Catalog 
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2019-2020 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Aerospace Medicine Certificate

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Program Description

The Certificate in Aerospace Medicine program is a four-course, 12 semester credit hour, academic track designed to provide students with intense immersion into the scientific foundation of aerospace medicine.  Program topics represent essential knowledge for initial understanding of the field of aerospace medicine as well as the care of aviation and space flight crewmembers, passengers, and patients.  Students will learn critical concepts of human physiologic responses to the aerospace environment in the context of previous, current, and planned aviation and space technology. 

Subject areas included in the certificate program include: Respiratory physiology, Protection from hypoxia, Oxygen systems, Physiology of decompression, Response to both sustained and impact acceleration, Vibration and acoustics in the aerospace environment, Spatial disorientation, Thermal loading and physiologic responses, Considerations of the space environment, Physics and environmental aspects of space flight, Medical evaluation and standards for space flight candidates, Medical systems for space flight, Approach to acute care in the space environment, Aspects of telemedicine, Atmospheric contamination and control, Radiation exposure in the aerospace environment, Fundamentals of aerodynamic principles, Aeronautical decision making, Airplane systems, Aircraft power plant and related systems, Aircraft flight instrumentation.  Students will also have the opportunity to engage in journal club activities where research papers of contemporary aerospace medicine topics will be critically reviewed and discussed. Exposure to this fund of knowledge will assist students in establishing a didactic foundation on the basic concepts required for sustaining human operations within the aerospace environment.

Admission Requirements

An undergraduate, graduate or professional degree in the health sciences.  Approval by the Division of Aerospace Medicine is required. If the applicant’s native language is not English, a minimum score of 213 (CBT) or 79/120 (IBT) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required or a band 6 through the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

For more information and how to apply, please send CV to Thomas Jarnot, M.D., at thomas.jarnot@wright.edu.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the historical and scientific foundations of Aerospace Medicine and its unique environment.

  • Discuss the essentials of medical care for Aerospace crewmembers to include, screening, routine care, and longitudinal monitoring as well as emergent evaluation.

  • Discuss the essentials of care for Aerospace ground crew.

  • Gain an appreciation of the location, depth, and breadth of aerospace medicine resources and research materials.

  • Produce high-quality written materials such as background papers or presentations that reflect the current or future state of Aerospace Medicine topics

  • Deepen individual foundations in Aerospace Medicine to facilitate high-quality communications with crewmembers, aerospace specialists, and consultants lacking a background in the field

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Total: 12 Credit Hours

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