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Introduction to Aerospace Medicine

Key information

Subject area:

Life Sciences & Medicine

Course type:

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Credit level:

Not for credit


Online lectures equivalent to 1 week of face-to-face teaching

Available course dates:

From: 12 August 2024 To: 14 October 2024
Application deadline: 05 August 2024

Course overview

This course introduces the medical and physiological aspects of aviation and space flight and comprises online lectures equivalent to one week of face-to-face teaching. 

King’s College London is a leading academic centre in aerospace medicine and is active in research and education including AME training. Professor David Newman has led basic and advanced AME training courses in several countries and has been delivering aerospace medicine short courses in Australia for 20 years.

What does this course cover?

This course provides an introduction to aerospace medicine through a comprehensive series of online lectures.

What will I achieve?

Participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the basic elements of aerospace medicine including:

  • The flight environment, altitude and pressure
  • Principles of flight
  • The aircraft cabin environment
  • Thermal physiology
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Motion sickness
  • Aerobatic physiology
  • Human factors
  • Airline medicine and passenger health
  • Aircraft accident investigation
  • Spaceflight

Who will I learn with?

Peter Hodkinson

Peter Hodkinson

Head of Aerospace Medicine (Clinical and Education)

David Newman

David Newman

Visiting Professor of Aerospace Medicine

Who is this for?

The course is intended for qualified doctors and geared towards their requirements but is open to all healthcare providers with an interest in the topic. No previous knowledge of aerospace medicine is required.

Applicants are welcome from all countries for this online course. There is no formal language requirement but an IELTS score of 5 or higher is strongly recommended for applicants whose first language is not English.

How will I be assessed?

Participants will be expected to complete all the lectures, after which they will receive a King’s College London certificate of completion.

What is the teaching schedule?

Participants have approximately two months to complete the online learning.

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