Foundations of Mobility

Navigate the Future of Transportation.

Foundations of Mobility provides the knowledge, skills, and problem-solving techniques required to address today’s complex transportation challenges. Learn from expert faculty from six different colleges across the University of Michigan. Understand mobility as an ecosystem. Leave with a distinguished credential from the leaders in mobility research and education. 100% online.

What You Will Learn

By the end of this online two-course program, you will be able to:

  • Define mobility as it relates to multiple disciplines, areas of expertise, and stakeholders
  • Understand mobility as an ecosystem
  • Identify challenges and successes when employing mobility concepts
  • Apply mobility ecosystem concepts and techniques to solve specific mobility challenges

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for anyone needing to understand and solve today’s complex mobility challenges, including: 

  • Engineers 
  • Executives
  • Managers
  • Researchers/educators
  • Urban planners
  • Policy makers
  • State and municipal employees

Connect with faculty

In addition to self-paced learning, you have the opportunity to engage with U-M faculty via email. 



Duration: 15 weeks, fully online
Start Date: Anytime



Mobility Behavior & Technology





Mobility Systems Design, Finance, and Regulation



Individual Modules

Duration: 60 days to complete, fully online and asynchronous
Start Date: Anytime

Modules are 6-7 hours in length, with additional reading materials. Learners may enroll in each module individually or enroll in one or both 15-week certificate courses, which include live instructor interaction.


Social & Behavioral Issues




Mobility & the Environment




Mobility & Technology




Mobility Data




Planning, Urban Design, and Systems Integration




Mode Choice




Financing the Transportation and Mobility Ecosystem




Law, Policy, and Regulation



Why Mobility?

We face both profound global challenges and a tremendous opportunity to transform mobility in societies worldwide. Foundations of Mobility explores the latest thinking and research on connected transportation systems, autonomous vehicle design, and other transportation technologies in the context of their economic, social, and policy implications.

4.6 million

Projected hiring needs for transportation employers by 2030 – 1.2 times the current workforce.

Empowering the New Mobility Workforce, 2019

$500 billion

Estimated increase in the autonomous vehicle market by 2026.

Allied Market Research

50% increase

Expected growth in annual passenger traffic by 2030.

Sustainable Mobility for All

18 million

Projected number of electric vehicles on U.S. roads by 2030 – up from 1 million in 2018.

Edison Electric Institute

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Multidisciplinary Faculty

Learn from a multidisciplinary team of experts from across the University of Michigan, including the College of Engineering, Transportation Research Institute, Law School, School of Public Policy, Business School, College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

James Sayer

James Sayer, PhD

  • Program Lead
  • Director, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Peter Adriaens

Peter Adriaens, PhD

  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
John DeCicco

John DeCicco, PhD

  • Research Professor Emeritus, Energy Institute
Carol Flannagan

Carol Flannagan, PhD

  • Research Associate Professor, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Rob Goodspeed

Robert Goodspeed, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning
Robert Hampshire

Robert Hampshire, PhD

  • Associate Professor of Public Policy (on leave as Chief Science Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation)
Monica Jones

Monica Jones, PhD

  • Assistant Research Scientist, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)

Henry Liu, PhD

  • Director, Mcity
  • Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Research Professor, U-M Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Masoud Neda

Neda Masoud, PhD

  • Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Ian Williams

Ian Williams, Esq

  • Fellow for the Law and Mobility Program, School of Law

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

For purposes of this course, mobility is being defined as the movement of people, goods, and services.

Each course costs $995. Individual modules are $250 each.

Yes, each course is approximately 125 self-paced hours over 15 weeks.

You have 1-week after the last date of class to finish course materials.

Registration closes one week after the start date; unpaid registrations will be cancelled once the course begins.

Participants can sign up for the courses independently of each other. 

You may sign up for one course or both at the same time. There is no specific order to the courses.

Nothing specific, but it is expected that the student keep pace, give or take a week, with the materials as they are scheduled.

The two courses are intended to provide a broad overview of the many disciplines that are associated with mobility. So while you may have familiarity in one area, you might not be familiar with the wider range of topics and considerations. This program will help you “connect the dots,” offering the systems-level knowledge needed to implement successful mobility projects.

No, you do not need an engineering background. The course was designed assuming participant knowledge of high school mathematics. It is intentionally aimed at a broad audience with various backgrounds.

No, but a working knowledge of high school math (algebra) is assumed.

Upon successfully completing both courses, you will earn a non-credit Certificate of Achievement from the University of Michigan. This credential carries value in the employment marketplace and formally recognizes your commitment to acquiring knowledge and skills in the field of mobility. If you choose to take a single course individually, you will earn a digital badge upon successful completion.

Yes, each course module includes a knowledge assessment. To successfully complete the course, learners must complete each assessment with an overall score of 80% or above.

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