Course on Road Safety Fundamentals – Now Accepting Applications

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: September 28 – November 16, 2017 (weekly online sessions on Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time)
Application deadline: September 1 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (see “Applications” below for more)
More Information: Contact Dan Gelinne (, 919-962-8703)

Road Safety 101 is ideally suited for professionals 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.

To apply, please complete the brief course application ( and submit it as an email attachment to Dan Gelinne (, 919-962-8703) by Friday, September 1.
Students will be notified by September 8 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 Thursday 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:

  • September 28 – Course Orientation
  • October 5 – Lesson 1: Foundations of Road Safety
  • October 12 – Lesson 2: Measuring Safety
  • October 19 – Lesson 3: Solving Safety Problems (Part I)
  • October 26 – Lesson 4: Solving Safety Problems (Part II)
  • November 2 – Lesson 5: Human Behavior and Road Safety
  • November 9 – Lesson 6: Implementing Road Safety Programs
  • November 16 – Final Discussion