Center for Space Medicine

Space Medicine Education


Space Medicine Pathway


The Space Medicine Pathway consists of two didactic electives that are offered sequentially followed by a research elective. Students completing all three electives are recognized as having completed the Space Medicine Pathway, which is the only pathway of its kind in the world. The pathway provides a unique program of study wherein students acquire knowledge and experience in biomedical science, technology and medicine relevant to both human space exploration and medical care on Earth.

Students may apply to the Space Medicine Pathway when they have completed the first didactic elective (MESPM 610) and are enrolled in or have completed the second didactic elective (MESPM 611). The process for applying is announced during the second didactic elective course. All applications are reviewed by the pathway director. Once accepted into the pathway, a student enrolls in the space medicine research elective (MESPM 615). Objectives of each elective within the Space Medicine Pathway are described in the Student Handbook and are linked to the goals of the pathway and the Baylor Core Competency Graduation Goals pertaining to medical knowledge.


Non-Pathway Elective Course


The Center offers an additional space medicine research elective (MESPM 614). While this course is not required for the Space Medicine Pathway, it offers students an opportunity to learn about research and scientific investigative methods.  MS2 - MS4 students may enroll in this course at any time as long as they can fulfill the enrollment requirements.

Space Medicine Pathway Requirements-at-a-Glance

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Preclinical ElectiveIntroduction to Human Space Exploration and Medicine (MESPM 610)Year 10.5
Preclinical ElectiveTopics in Human Space Exploration and Medicine (MESPM 611)Year 20.5
Clinical Experience/ Elective   
Research Elective/ Scholarly ActivitySpace Medicine Research (MESPM 615)
Four-week mentored research experience. Students may enroll during a rotation they have open that also works with their faculty mentor.
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Non-credit Enrichment ActivityParticipation in the Space Medicine Interest Group  
Community Outreach Activities   
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