Global Health Day

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

Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 9:30am - 1:00pm

Coffman Memorial Union | Minneapolis, MN

Student & Scholar Oral Presentations
Global Health Faculty Showcase
Student & Scholar Poster Presentations and Awards
Global Health Resource Corner
Reception & Networking 

Call for Abstracts - Student & Scholar Presentations

Seeking abstracts for 2019 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, post-docs, and alumni. Presentations can be made individually or in groups. Presenters must be present during Global Health Day unless alternative arrangements have been made.

A 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 in the field of global health
  2. Global Health Topic, Project, or Reflection – Present on a global health related class project; a topic that interests you; or reflect on your global health experience, including courses, internship, or other experience. 

More details for Poster Presentation

  • Students accepted for 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.
  • Awards will be granted for Outstanding Posters based on the following criteria:
    • Significance: How significant are the poster’s conclusions for global health?
    • Presentation: How logical are the ideas presented on the poster? How interesting is the manner of presentation? How clearly written and free of significant grammatical problems is the poster?
    • Visual Impact: How effective is the poster visually? How valuable is each section, figure, and graph in furthering viewers’ understanding of the subject?
  • More guidance and resources for creating a poster will be provided upon acceptance.

More Details for Oral Presentation

  • Oral presentations will be 5 to 7 minutes in length, plus Q & A. 

Submit an Abstract

Important Dates

  • Feb 19 - Abstract Deadline for Oral Presentation Consideration
  • Feb 27 - Abstract Deadline for Posters Presentations
  • March 17 - PDF Posters due (for judging)

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 other submissions 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 Abstract Submission

Submit a GHD Abstract

Resource Corner

The Resource Corner allows students to explore global health resources and opportunities from the University of Minnesota, the Twin Cities, and beyond.

We welcome UMN Schools/Colleges and programs, student organizations, and organizations from outside the University that have a Global Health focus to table at Global Health Day. Due to space limitations, groups will not get a full table, but a portion of a table. Please plan accordingly. We reserve the right to accept or not accept any organization based on these parameters.

More details and application.

Global Health Day 2018 Recap

This event was held on April 14, 2018

UMN Global Health Showcase

Global One Health Capacity Building Through Education
Karin Hamilton, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM, Assistant Professor, Veterinary Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine

Fostering Global Pharmacy Research through International Collaborations
Melanie R Nicol, PharmD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, University of Minnesota College of Pharmacy

Role of the Coordinating Centers for Biometric Research in West African Biomedical Research
Cavan Reilly, PhD, Professor, Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health

Student & Scholar Oral Presentations

SMS Maama mHealth Pilot Research Study
Katelyn Pastick, Medical School

Parental Perceptions and Practices of Early Childhood development in Tigray, Ethiopia
Satlaj Dighe, College of Education and Human Development

Psychosocial Barriers to HIV Care in Uganda
Sarah Lofgren, Medical School Fellowship in Infectious Disease; School of Public Health

Bullying and Caring Relationships among Adolescents from Immigrant Backgrounds: Associations with Internalizing Problems
Damir Utržan, Medical School Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Student & Scholar Poster Presentations

Congratulations to the Outstanding Poster Award winners!

Outstanding Topic/Project (Undergraduate)
An Evaluation of the Impact of Menstruation on the Health and Educational and Economic Opportunities of Menstruators Worldwide
Gabriella Haire, College of Science and Engineering
Jennifer Day, College of Science and Engineering

Outstanding Research (Undergraduate)
Efficacy of Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid Compared to Cytology-Based Cervical Cancer Screening for Detecting the Precancerous Changes in Women at the Age Between 18 and 65
Ziyue Zhang, School of Nursing

Outstanding Topic/Project  (Graduate)
Helping Babies Breathe:  Field Experience in Sierra Leone
Carol Nelson, School of Public Health

Outstanding Research (Graduate)
Implementation and Evaluation of Hooyo: A Group Prenatal Care Program for East African Immigrants at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)
Anjali Madeira, School of Nursing

View the GHD Program for a complete list of poster presenters.


View the full collection by clicking the image below. (Photo credit Mark Brown.)

2018 Global Health Day