Starting in September 2010, post-baccalaureate/graduate students can register for a new certificate to enhance employment and career advancement in the fields of planning, engineering, public health and related fields. The Transportation Management: Vulnerability, Risk and Security (TM:VRS) Certificate will be offered throughthe Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. It is recognized by, developed with and presented by a coalition of faculty and staff from the School of Engineering, the School of Arts and Sciences and UMDNJ. Interested students will need to register through Rutgers University New Brunswick (School 91 or GSNB).
The fifteen-credit program is designed to provide students with a risk analysis approach to transportation policy. Participants in this program will develop expertise through the multi-disciplinary approach, providing them with skills that will apply to future work sites and enrich their research in the field of transportation planning and management. The approach followed by this program offers students a background in the disciplines of engineering, health, sociology, geography, environmental planning and risk management. The research and training associated with the certificate will enable certified students to apply their classroom experience in a comprehensive approach to reducing risk exposures and developing efficient interdisciplinary networks in response to complex problems related to system vulnerabilities.
The certificate has two required courses, the initial course in Transit Management and Planning, which will be offered by the Bloustein School in fall 2010, and a penultimate Interdisciplinary Seminar, challenging the students to draw from all their certificate courses in the completion of their final project. The remaining electives can be satisfied from a series of courses from the Bloustein School, the Engineering School, UMDNJ, or from the College of Arts and Sciences programs in Geography and Sociology. The Certificate is recognized by all of these programs as an accepted concentration for their respective graduate programs.
The two required courses are the first and final courses in the certificate.
- Transit Management and Planning (970:558): introduces overall issues of management for all transit sectors and the role of planning in creating effective long-term transportation operations.
- TM:VRS Seminar (970:559): an interdisciplinary course of planning, risk communication, mathematical modeling, public health, and engineering. This capstone course focuses on bringing the different disciplines together in a final project on transportation-related security issues.
Students can choose from the following to meet the electives requirement (minimum of three):
- Transportation and Environment (970:553)
- Urban Transportation Planning (970:556)
- Environmental Planning and Management (34:970:618)
- Risk Analysis in Maritime Ports and Waterways (Altiok, proposed)
- Security and Safety in Maritime Transportation and Port Operations (180:529)
- Disasters, Culture and Society (AMS 302)
- Human Dimensions of Environmental Change (16:378:501 or 16:450:03)
- Natural Hazards Geography (01:450:311:01)
- Sociology of Organizations (920:524:01 and 920:491:03)
- Risk Communication (832:496:55833)
- Public Health Preparedness 1 and 2 (ENOH 0697 and ENOH 0696 )
Students can apply for this certificate through their university advisor and the Bloustein School. Applications and additional information will be available in the Dean’s Offices of Bloustein School, SEBS, Engineering, GS-NB and at UMDNJ. Please direct questions to Lynn Astorga at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (848) 932-2727.