The center's Space Medicine Track offers three electives to Baylor College of Medicine medical students. If you have questions about the electives, please contact Nancy Gibbins.

MEOSA 610 Introduction to Human Space Exploration and Medicine

A course offered each spring to BCM MS-1 students with the following educational objectives:

  • Introduce students to knowledge about biomedical risks and human adaptation associated with space travel
  • Provide information on how the unique environment of space, including reduced gravity and solar particle radiation, induces changes resembling medical disorders on Earth
  • Describe scientific research, new technologies and medical approaches to decrease risks for human space exploration
  • Teach students about interdisciplinary approaches for solving biomedical problems arising on international space missions
  • Expose students to interfaces and opportunities between space medicine and other areas of science, medicine and engineering

MEOSA 611 Topics in Human Space Exploration and Medicine

A course offered each fall to BCM MS-2 to MS-4 students with the following educational objectives:

  • Introduce students to how remote, harsh environments on Earth can serve as analogs to improve capabilities for space
  • Expose students to technological and clinical care advances in space medicine
  • Provide information on countermeasures research to mitigate risks to human health in space
  • Discuss the role of the International Space Station for space biomedical science and international collaboration
  • Describe the role of the commercial sector in partnering with academia and government for research and the emerging sector of commercial spaceflight

MEOSA 615 Space Medicine Research

Course (4 credits, 4 week experience) offered to BCM MS-3 & MS-4 students who have successfully completed MESPM 610 and MESPM 611.  The educational objectives are:

  • Gain “hands-on” experience in conducting biomedical research that contributes to the field of space medicine
  • Learn principles and methods of scientific investigation relevant to today’s technology-savvy physician-scientist
  • Expose students to the importance of interdisciplinary research collaboration and mentorship 
  • Provide in-depth information on clinical space medicine topics 
  • Teach students about interdisciplinary approaches for clinical problem solving arising on international space missions
  • Expose students to the importance of group discussions and critical thinking relevant to space medicine and clinical problems arising in extreme environments on Earth