Geoffrey Downie

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My Profile

Professional Background

My name is Geoffrey Downie, and I work for the Center for Public Health Practice, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago. My primary responsibility is serving as Program Manager for the Mid America Regional Public Health Leadership Institute[[1], which is one of 12 regional institutes funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I have been at UIC since July 2005. Prior to this, I worked in local and state public health practice in Indiana, in the areas of environmental health, emergency planning and response, health administration, and substance abuse prevention. Since coming to UIC, I have been learning about online education and technology, and apply these principles to our leadership development programs.


BS, Natural Resources, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 1988

Masters of Public Administration, Indiana University-South Bend, 2004

Currently pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health (DrPH), University of Illinois at Chicago

My Interests

I enjoy playing guitar (jazz, blues, rock, eclectic) and gardening. I also enjoy learning and teaching, and am especially excited about network models of distributed learning



I am married to Julie, and live in NW Indiana outside of Michigan City. I am 10 minutes from the beach at Lake Michigan, near the Indiana/Michigan border. I have two grown daughters, and two dogs: a chocolate lab, and a lab/shepherd mix.



My Projects

Project Brief

For my first project, I will be relocating course content from a "Public Health Nursing Toolkit," which is currently housed on UIC's internal course management system (Blackboard). The goal is to make the course content freely available to public health nurse practitioners, without having to deal with the administrative barriers related to non-student access to the university course system.

My Sandbox

My sandbox

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To Do List

  1. Review course structure
  2. Retrieve course content
  3. Obtain permissions
  4. Publish to wiki

My Reflection

Feedback & Notes from my WikiNeighbours

  • Great to see you in the tutorial, Geoffrey, and to see your user page. Do you have any concerns about the quality of educational resources developed using an open authoring approach? If so, what are your concerns? If not, how does an open authoring approach contribute to high quality learning materials. --Phil Bartle 05:43, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

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