about aerospace medicine

Aerospace medicine concerns the determination and maintenance of the health, safety, and performance of persons involved in air and space travel. Those in the field are dedicated to enhancing health, promoting safety, and improving performance of individuals who work or travel in unusual environments. The environments of space and aviation provide significant challenges, such as microgravity, radiation exposure, G-forces, emergency ejection injuries, and hypoxic conditions, for those embarking in their exploration.
— AsMA


For more, see the Aerospace Medicine Association (AsMA).

aerospace medicine education

Dr. Lehnhardt teaches the GWU graduate course EHS 6227: Introduction to Human Health in Space.  This course is designed to introduce aerospace medicine concepts in an interdisciplinary fashion to anyone who is interested in human spaceflight.  There will be elements of physiology, medicine, law, policy, engineering, and history incorporated into the course.

Course learning objectives include:

1. Outline the effects of spaceflight on human physiology and the medical issues that may arise during space travel

2. Compare and contrast daily life on Earth with living and working in space

3. Critically analyze the impact of both long duration and long distance spaceflight on human health

4. Evaluate the medical requirements for commercial space endeavors 

5. Analyze the increasingly interdisciplinary and international nature of human spaceflight