Welcome to the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. We are a unique academic community comprising world-class faculty, a highly-dedicated support staff, diverse and talented students, high-level professionals and researchers, and active alumni. The broad mission of our community is to prepare students to be the planning and public policy leaders of tomorrow, conduct cutting-edge, policy-relevant research and scholarship, cultivate leadership in public engagement and community service, and to address the crucial policy issues of our time. The school fosters a highly-collaborative academic, scholarly and professional environment, where the disciplines of urban planning, public health, and public policy closely converge.
This convergence provides students at the Bloustein School with the opportunity to understand the important role of planning and community design in public health and the role of public health in planning and policymaking processes. 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 state-of-the art learning environments and 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.