Poster Guidelines


You may submit a research poster when you register. 

If you have already registered and are returning to submit a poster, please enter your email address and a poster registration email will be sent to you.


Faculty and students are invited to showcase their research and learn about interdisciplinary studies that contribute to reimagining health and the broadening scope and concept of health. Poster abstracts should be 350 words or less, using the following format:

Background – Describe in 2-3 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 – If you have results to report, describe briefly. Depending on type of project, the results should align with objectives or tasks.
Importance to public health – In 1-2 sentence describe the importance of your project to public health.

Research posters can address a wide range of topics.

Categories Include:

  • Behavioral Health, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Opioid Epidemic
    Cancer Prevention and Control; Tobacco and Nicotine Products
  • 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 
  • Other


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 3. 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.

Faculty and students from the University of Maryland School of Public Health can access logo files for use on their posters at:​


Posters must be submitted no later than Friday, March 16th.


Student presented posters will be judged during the poster session between 1:45 and 2:45 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 3:00 p.m.

Judges: View the judging criteria evaluation form
Form will be available on-site as well.