Friday, September 6, 2019

Opportunity: Free Course on Road Safety Fundamentals

New to the Road Safety Field? Apply Now for HSRC’s Free Course on Road Safety Fundamentals

Join transportation professionals from across the country for an in-depth study of the fundamentals of road safety. Presented by the Road Safety Academy of the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, Road Safety 101 is a free online course designed for individuals new to transportation-related fields. It is based on the NCHRP 17-40 Model Curriculum for Highway Safety Core Competencies.

After completing this course, students will understand the basics of developing and implementing successful, collaborative road safety programs. Students will gain a better understanding of road safety data collection, analysis, and evaluation.

Who: Transportation, public health, planning, engineering, and law enforcement professionals interested in building core knowledge in road safety
When: October 2 through November 13 (weekly online sessions on Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time)
Application deadline: September 10 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (see “Applications” below for more)
More Information: Contact Dan Gelinne ([email protected], 919-962-8703)

Road Safety 101 is ideally suited for professionals working in the United States or Canada who are new to road safety and are just starting out in transportation-related jobs. This includes transportation planners, engineers, public health professionals, policy makers, and educators. Enrollment is limited to 25 students.

To apply, please complete the brief course application ( and submit it as an email attachment to Dan Gelinne ([email protected], 919-962-8703) by Tuesday, September 10.
Students will be notified by September 17 if they are selected to participate.

Course Structure and Schedule
The course will primarily consist of weekly two-hour interactive online sessions, along with roughly one hour of independent work and reading to be completed outside of class per week. Weekly sessions will be held from 1:00 to 3:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday afternoons. Course instructors include researchers based at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center, as well as experts from outside organizations and guest speakers representing a variety of perspectives on road safety. In addition to lectures and guest speakers, classes will feature interactive discussions and student-led instruction based on work performed outside of class.

Schedule Overview:
  • October 2 - Course Orientation
  • October 9 - Lesson 1: Foundations of Road Safety
  • October 16 - Lesson 2: Measuring Safety
  • October 23 - Lesson 3: Solving Safety Problems (Part I)
  • October 30 - Lesson 4: Solving Safety Problems (Part II)
  • November 6 - Lesson 5: Human Behavior and Road Safety
  • November 13 - Lesson 6: Challenges and the Future of Road Safety