Poster Guidelines


Faculty and students are invited to showcase their research and public health related projects. Poster abstracts should be 350 words or less, using the following format:
Background – Describe in two to three sentences why you conducted the project
Goal – In one sentence state the overall goal or purpose of the project
Objectives – For research projects, state the project’s specific objectives or hypotheses tested; for other projects state the specific tasks. If more than one, use numbered bullets.
Approach – For research projects briefly describe the design and methods;  for  other projects briefly describe what you did
Results/Conclusions – Describe briefly the results or conclusions. Depending on type of project, the results should align with objectives or tasks.
Importance to public health – In one-two sentences, describe the importance of your project to public health.


Posters can address a wide range of topics. We welcome posters that focus on the panel topics as well as the additional categories below. 

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Panel topics:

  • Health Technology and the Impact on Communities
  • Sustainability at the Nexus of Food, Energy, Water, Climate and Health
  • Action for Prevention of Violence, Human Trafficking and More

Categories Include:

  • Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Opioid Epidemic 
    (includes violence prevention and human trafficking)
  • Cancer Prevention and Control
  • Data Analytics, Surveillance, Community Needs Assessment, Pedagogy
  • Environmental Health, Occupational Health, Environmental Justice and Climate Change
  • Family, Child, Adolescent Health (includes Maternal and Child Health)
  • Health Care, Access to Care, Insurance, Technology
  • Health Disparities, Population Health, Immigration and Health
  • Health Literacy, Health Communication , Health Education
  • Obesity Prevention, Physical Activity, Exercise Physiology, Movement
  • Tobacco and Nicotine Products
  • Other

Video: Guidance on Creating a Poster for Public Health Research @ Maryland


Poster Guidelines

Posters should be no larger than 4' x 4'. You will be assigned a space that is this size. A regular poster size is about 3' x 4'. Posters must be placed in the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2. You will be assigned a specific space when you arrive. Presentation walls, tacks, and velcro will be available for you to hang your poster. Posters should be removed at the end of the day. Any remaining posters will be collected and can be retrieved from the Office of the Dean in the School of Public Health (room 2242). Please contact the Office of the Dean at (301) 405-2438 if you have questions or need to make other arrangements for picking up your poster.

Poster design:

You may use and adapt these templates for your research poster.
University of Maryland School of Public Health Research Poster Template 1 
University of Maryland School of Public Health Research Poster Template 2


Submit your poster abstract by Tuesday, March 26, 2019. You must bring your poster to the Grand Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2. 


Student presented posters will be judged during the poster session between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Poster quality will be rated on criteria such as: identification of research problem; appropriateness of research design and of data analysis; interpretation of results; clarity of oral presentation; description of relevance of findings to public health and overall presentation skills. Awards will be announced and presented at 3:15 p.m.