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Medical investigation of aircraft accidents; short duration acceleration; noise, vibration and communication; survival and rescue; fatigue risk management; human performance; ergonomics and work performance; aviation toxicology; health promotion.

The PG Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine is internationally recognised for Aviation Medical Examiners; the Master of Aviation Medicine is gold standard for doctors wanting to become fully engaged in aviation medicine.

Paper title Human Performance
Paper code AVME812
Subject Aviation Medicine
EFTS 0.25
Points 30 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (Distance learning)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,018.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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AVME 712
Limited to
MAvMed, MHealSc, PGDipAvMed, PGDipHealSc

Healthcare professionals currently employed, or interested in work, in the aviation medicine industry.

If you have not already done so, please contact the department for course advice before selecting your programme,

Teaching staff

Course Director: David Fitzgerald

Paper Structure
Core paper for the Postgraduate Certificate in Civil Aviation Medicine (PGCertCivAvMed), Master of Aviation Medicine (MAvMed) and Master of Health Sciences endorsed in Aviation Medicine (MHealSc(AvMed))
Teaching Arrangements

This Distance Learning paper is taught remotely.

It is taught in odd years in the second semester.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Ethics, Environmental literacy, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork, global perspective, lifelong learning, scholarship, communication, critical thinking, self-motivation, teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes of this paper will coincide with the modules taught; these modules are

  • Aviation Pathology and Medical Investigation of Aircraft Accidents
  • Short-Term Acceleration and Aircrew Flying Clothing
  • Education and Training for Commercial Flight Crew
  • Noise, Vibration and Communication
  • Thermal Physiology, Rescue and Survival
  • Fatigue Risk Management in Aviation
  • Human Performance in Aviation
  • Aviation Toxicology
  • Health Promotion

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system