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Urban planners help ensure public areas are developed and designed in a way that best meets the needs of their communities. Learn more about urban planning with online courses delivered through edX.

What is urban planning?

Urban planning is the study of the design and economic development of cities and urban environments. It encompasses all aspects that impact the public. From sidewalks and public bus routes to the locations of new elementary schools and fire stations, urban planners are responsible for making cities livable. For example, urban planners can advise policymakers and developers about the feasibility of a proposed high-rise condominium, analyzing whether it would have sufficient access to water, electricity, and sanitation services.

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How to learn urban planning online

Whether they are simply interested in the topic or they plan to begin a career in the field, learners can study urban planning with online courses offered through edX. 

To understand specific disciplines under the umbrella of urban planning, learners may pursue coursework in infrastructure management and sustainable development, as well as traffic flow and transit systems. Courses can range from general overviews on how to analyze a site and envision its potential uses to specific boot camps focused on the water management and eco-design. 

From foundational tutorials to advanced courses, a variety of educational opportunities are available that can fit different learners’ needs. edX makes it easy to explore all available training and certificate options.

Jobs in urban planning

Urban planning can be a rewarding career for anyone interested in helping cities, towns, and their residents thrive. As populations continue to shift between cities and rural communities, urban planners can contribute to the changing needs of urban and suburban areas with insight into infrastructure, public safety, and housing needs.