Aerospace Physiology

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About the Program

Among the first of its kind, Case Western Reserve University’s Certificate in Aerospace Physiology certificate program combines the study of the physical and cognitive impacts of extreme environments upon individuals—developing foundational understandings of how the human body can withstand the challenges of both the aviation environment and outer space. 

This program will prepare you for a career in aerospace physiology—or will enhance your knowledge if you’re already working in the field. Examples of related career opportunities include aerospace medicine physicians, research physiologists, operational physiologists, and aviation medical and mishap examiners.

What to Expect

Aerospace and healthcare are two of the fastest-growing industries in modern society. In response to rising demand, Case Western Reserve University has launched a new graduate-level Certificate in Aerospace Physiology. 

Housed in our renowned School of Medicine, this 15-credit hour program can be completed in 12 months and offers full-and part-time study options. The program is offered in a synchronous, lecture/small group format that is both broadcast live and can be accessed from online recordings asynchronously. Our curriculum will help you gain a deeper understanding of characteristics of the atmosphere, acceleration and spatial disorientation, in addition to the physiology of decompression, thermoregulation, hypobarics, respiration and cardiovascular function.

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Beyond the Classroom

Looking to expand your knowledge of space outside of the classroom? You can create prototypes and fabricate large-scale models at Sears think[box], Case Western Reserve’s renowned innovation center. The 50,000-square-foot, seven-story building serves as an epicenter of innovation on campus—with top-of-the-line prototyping equipment, legal support and even business advice. 

Plus, you can spend your time researching or completing a co-op at industry-leading institutions in Cleveland, such as NASA Glenn Research Center, Parker Hannifin and Boeing.  

By the Numbers


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Admission Details

Admission to the Certificate in Aerospace Physiology program is available to those with a bachelor’s degree in the physical or biological sciences.

To be considered, you will need to submit two letters of recommendation supporting your interest in aerospace physiology, transcripts, a resume or cv, and aptitude for advanced graduate study in the field. The last requirement is a personal statement demonstrating interest in the field and outlining how obtaining the Certificate in Aerospace Physiology will advance your career goals.

GRE scores are not required.

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Contact Us

Elizabeth G. Damato, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Aerospace Physiology
School of Medicine

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