Message from the Dean

The planning and public policy world remains in a state of flux amid continued global economic uncertainty following the end of one of the nation’s longest economic recessions.

As the nation struggles to envision its post-recession economic future, we at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy are committed to preparing professional students for the workplace of the future—addressing such issues as the implications of the externalities of economic change and with it unemployment, underemployment, discouraged/bypassed workers, and persistent poverty; a rapidly changing economic geography spawning critical concerns such as suburban and exurban sprawl, growing traffic congestion, smart growth alternatives, brownfields redevelopment, and community and neighborhood investment; and the growing need for economic and social equity, gender equity, and workplace literacy.

The convergence of public health, urban planning, and public policy provides students at the Bloustein School with the opportunity to understand the importance of community design in health and the role of public health practitioners in the planning process. The broader development of healthy living and preventative programs must now consider such issues as urban growth, sprawl, and transport habits; livability and the environment; economic competitiveness and workforce development; and society and community.

Our students are a diverse group of undergraduates and graduates representing different backgrounds and life experiences, each entering the Bloustein School with a demonstrated commitment to public service. Bloustein students are prepared to become agents of positive change, equipped with the tools to face the myriad challenges of an uncharted twenty-first century global economy and the capacity to confront these issues confidently. The Bloustein School pledges to provide its students with an extraordinarily rewarding educational experience—one that will enable them to meet these new-world challenges while directly addressing critical policy issues through the highest-level scholarship, involvement in cutting-edge research initiatives, and extensive public policy service through community engagement.