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305.630.01 Transportation Safety: Policy and Politics

Health Policy and Management
3rd term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thursday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Susan Baker
Course Instructors:
Frequency Schedule:
Every Other Year
Next Offered:
2019 - 2020

Provides an overview of the significant role of national politics on transportation safety policy in the United States. Using case studies of notable safety enhancement efforts in aviation, highway, and other transportation modes, students discover the significant roles and interactions of lobbyists, industry associations, politicians, and Federal Agencies in transportation safety research and subsequent safety improvement rulemaking. Through informal lectures, readings and a field trip to the Baltimore Washington International airport tower, students learn that transportation safety and injury prevention improvements often require significant efforts to successfully navigate the path from research findings to interventions that improve the traveling public's safety and health.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Be familiar with policy issues related to transportation safety
  2. Recognize the role of national politics in transportation safety policy in the United States
  3. Understand how transportation safety research as well as lobbyists, industry associations, politicians, and Federal Agencies impact subsequent safety improvement rulemaking
Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation based on a short paper addressing a case study of transportation safety policy.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required