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An Introduction to GIS and Public Health

Map Making Session: Fundamentals

Lesson 1: create a map of North Carolina (NC) counties as an ArcMap project, and become familiar with the ArcGIS desktop interface.

Lesson 2: create a simple map in ArcGIS, add data, and create a map layout.

Lesson 3: illustrate owner occupacy in NC census tracts using ArcMap and ArcCatalog.

Lesson 4: create a basic road network map for a county, and become familiar with complex data labeling and positioning.

This session is concerned with providing the basics to creating coherent maps. Specific themes include—

  • Downloading Data
  • Starting a GIS Project
  • Adding Data to a Project
  • Symbology
  • Labeling
  • Working with Frames
  • Data
  • Layout
  • Scales and Units
  • Legends and North Arrows
  • Composition
  • Exporting Maps

Map Making Session: Transforming Data

This session will focus on techniques for processing or transforming your data to produce thematic maps. Specific themes include: Tables, sorting, selection, calculate fields, join, append, shapefiles, dissolve, merge, buffers, exporting shapefiles, and geocoding.

Lesson 1: learn to work with tables, including joining tables of geographic and spreadsheet data.

Lesson 2: use an online batch geocoding tool to georeference addresses and place address points on a map.

Lesson 3: create buffers around point features, including both simple and multiple ring buffers.

Lesson 4: spatially join point-level data with geographic regions.

This session will focus on techniques for processing or transforming your data to produce thematic maps. Specific themes include—

  • Tables
  • Sorting
  • Selection
  • Calculate Fields
  • Join
  • Append
  • Shapefiles
  • Dissolve
  • Merge
  • Join
  • Buffers
  • Exporting Shapefiles
  • Geocoding

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