Global Health Day

Global Health Day Logo

Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 9:30am - 1:00pm

Coffman Memorial Union

Global Health Day provides an opportunity for those engaged in global health to come together, exchange knowledge across disciplines, and make connections.


9:30 - 11:30 Student Oral Presentations & Global Health Showcase
11:30 - 1:00 Student Poster Presentations & Networking 


Student Poster and Oral Presentation

University of Minnesota students, residents, fellows, and alumni are invited to submit abstracts for both oral and poster presentations. Presentations categories include Research, Global Health Experience Reflection, and Global Health Topic.  Submissions may be individual or by groups. Call for Abstracts will close March 5.

UMN Global Health Showcase

Featuring global health research, education, and capacity building work of the UMN community.

Global Health Resource Corner

Explore global health resources and opportunities from the University of Minnesota, the Twin Cities, and beyond.

UMN Schools/colleges/programs, student organizations, and outside organizations whose work connects to global health can apply for table space.

Call for Abstracts - Student Presentations

Seeking abstracts for 2018 Global Health Day Poster and Oral Presentations. The purpose of these presentations is to celebrate the work of our University of Minnesota global health community, and to cultivate an interdisciplinary exchange around global health topics. Both oral and poster presentations build valuable professional and communication skills.


Poster & Oral Presentations are open to all University of Minnesota students, residents, fellows, and alumni. Presentations can be made individually or in groups. Presenters must be present during Global Health Day.

Presentation's focus must be related to global health. We draw from the following definition of global health when determining which abstracts to accept. We also view global as local, and include local work with immigrant and refugee populations in our definition of global health.

"Global health is an area for study, research, and practice that places a priority on improving health and achieving equity in health for all people worldwide. Global health emphasises transnational health issues, determinants, and solutions; involves many disciplines within and beyond the health sciences and promotes interdisciplinary collaboration; and is a synthesis of population-based prevention with individual-level clinical care." (Definition from Kaplan JP etal. Lancet 2009, 373:1)

Presentation Details

There will be both Oral and Poster presentations. There will be a small number of abstracts selected for oral presentations.  Poster abstracts are expected to be more widely accepted, so long as eligibility is met, submissions are complete and well-written, and space allows.


Abstracts can be submitted for the following categories:

  1. Research – scientific presentation on research related to global health
  2. Global Health Experience Reflection – Reflect on your global health experience, including courses, internship, or other experience. 
  3. Global Health Topic or Class Project – Present on a global health related class project or a topic that interests you. 

You can also select one of these optional presentation categories. These will be used for the purpose of organizing the schedule and rooms.

  • Climate Change & Health
  • World Health Day 2018 Theme: Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere. World Health Day is sponsored by the World Health Organization and celebrated on April 8. Each year, a new theme is selected for awareness campaigns.
  • Uganda Hub Related

More details for Poster Presentation

  • Students accepted for a Poster Presentations must be present during the Poster Session.
  • The maximum size dimension is 44" x 36" (If you have a larger poster from a previous poster session, indicate the size in the application and we will let you know if we can grant an exception).
  • Posters can be portrait or landscape orientation.
  • Funding is available for the printing of posters on a first-come first-served basis
  • More guidance and resources for creating a poster will be provided upon acceptance

More Details for Oral Presentation

  • Oral presentations will be 10 minutes in length, including Q & A.


Submit an Abstract

Abstract submission is now open. Application deadline is March 5.

Abstract Format

  • Abstracts for the Research Category must be in a scientific poster format, with the following or similar categories: Background, Methods, Findings, Interpretation, and Acknowledgements.
  • Abstract format for the other categories are at the submitter's discretion.
  • If your submission is for a project from a specific class, please include course number and faculty name in abstract.
  • Word limit is 400 words

Review and approvals

  • If your research or project was conducted as part of a team, your abstract must be reviewed by the PI, advisors, and/or other partners as appropriate prior to submitting.
  • Acknowledge those involved in aspects of your research or project (e.g., PI, adviser, funder, etc.) and clearly communicate your role in the study or project.

Online Application