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 (, 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 (, 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