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May 5, 2009
Source: Piedmont 2005

Waller, Lance
School of Public Health
Biostatistics Department

2005

Project Summary

I participated in the 2005 Piedmont Project in order to revitalize my course on Geographic Information Systems (INFO 530), taught to Master’s of Public Health students from departments throughout the Rollins School of Public Health, including majors in Environmental and Occupational Health, and the relatively new Master’s of Global Environmental Health Program. I have taught the course several times before and hoped to further infuse ideas of sustainable development and environmental insight into the course. The input I received from the Piedmont Project Workshops helped move me forward in this goal by providing both a common theme of sustainability and specific information regarding the local environment of Emory. I am adding materials relating to sustainability to course lectures, raising broader questions in laboratory exercises, and linking exercises to provide a more interconnected and focused presentation of what had previously been a collection of loosely-connected topics. In addition, I am adding a hands-on laboratory exercise to the course involving the use of global positioning system (GPS) receivers wherein students will be required to obtain latitude and longitude coordinates for a series of specific locations around campus. Based on workshop discussions, I have strategically chosen locations that highlight both the environment around Emory and also Emory’s place within that environment. By sending students out of the classroom and into Lullwater and Hahn Woods, they bring course topics to the physical environment and, as a result, bring insight from the physical environment back to the course topics.

Course Syllabus attached.




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