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2016 OMPH Student Poster Showcase
An opportunity from the OMPH Program Office to present your work during National Public Health Week 2016! 


Event Details

Submitting an Abstract

Poster & Presentation FAQ 

Event Details:

Date: Friday, April 8, 2016
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Location: Portland State Office Building, 800 NE Oregon Street, Portland, OR 97232 

The Oregon Master of Public Health Program is excited to announce the 3rd Annual OMPH Student Poster Showcase! On Friday, April 8, 2016 from 10:00am-2:00pm the Oregon Health Authority will host OMPH students to present posters and oral presentations. This showcase is a unique professional learning opportunity for students to share their research, projects, and field experiences with peers and public health colleagues.
The showcase is designed to provide a low-risk venue to develop experience in many important professional skills, including:

  • Presenting and articulating your ideas;
  • Sharing your work in visual and oral format;
  • Making proposals (i.e. policy proposals, program plans, etc.);
  • Engaging in discussion about your work.

Abstract submission criteria:

All OMPH Program students are invited to submit abstracts for a poster or oral presentation. All abstracts will be accepted.  Please keep in mind the following guidelines:

  • Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.
  • All abstracts must be submitted online.
  • All co-authors must be identified, even if they will not present. 

Even if you do not plan to present, please attend the showcase! This is a great way to support your colleagues, network with Oregon's public health professionals, and celebrate National Public Health Week. The OMPH Program office looks forward to learning more about the exciting work OMPH students are engaging in. 

 Frequently Asked Questions about Student poster presentations

What is the format?  Who is doing the posters?  Who will see them?

  • The format is similar to what you might see at a conference.  The room(s) will be set up with posters and presenters, as well as tables for materials that you may wish to produce to accompany your poster. Between 10:00am and 2:00pm, attendees will be able to walk through the room(s), view the posters, and ask presenters questions. 
  • Attendees may include your fellow OMPH students, faculty, staff, OPHA members, alumni, Oregon Public Health Division employees, and other community partners. 

What exactly is a poster and a poster showcase? What about the oral presentations?

  • A poster is a graphic presentation of your work displayed via graphs, photos, diagrams and a small amount of text on poster board.  
  • During the poster presentations session students stand by their poster and become ambassadors of their work.  They engage in discussions with session attendees, and are generally prepared to give a brief 3-5 minute talk about their work and answer questions.
  • Students remain by their poster for the duration of the poster session and remove it at the end of the session.  
  • Oral presentations should be 15 minutes or less, with 5 additional minutes for questions and/or discussion. 

Why should I make a poster or prepare an oral presentation for the showcase?

  • Present so that faculty and public health community members see your work, interests and abilities! It is a great networking opportunity which may open doors to work on faculty projects, find field placements and even network for job opportunities.    
  • It is great practice for future poster presentations at conferences such as APHA, OPHA, etc. 
  • It is an addition to your CV’s “Presentation” section.
  • It is an important professional skill to have.  
  • It is a time to show off your contributions to public health, and to excite others about your work and interests. 
  • Poster sessions can be great place to meet people!

What should I present in a poster or oral presentation?  

  • Student work broad and varied, and in the past, submissions have included:
    1. Research Projects;
    2. Student Projects;
    3. Literature/Policy Reviews;
    4. Field/Professional Experiences.
  • If you aren’t sure what to present, talk to faculty or other students.  Posters and presentations can be based on any project you have done for class or work, case studies on a specific policy or on the strategic management of an organization, research you are working on, reflections on your field placements, etc. You can present on current public health policy, experiences or trends that interest you. You can use work you’ve done for another conference, presentation, class etc.

Is my topic unique?

  • It doesn’t need to be unique!  Whatever your topic is it will be interesting and unique to many people.  Public health is a broad field with lots of opportunities for learning about other specialties.

I don’t have any outcome data, does that matter?

  • It is common for work still in progress, in early stages of analysis, or without final conclusions to be presented. 

Do I have to do this alone?

  • No! You may have multiple presenters, and only the first author/presenter needs to be an OMPH student.  
  • We encourage you to collaborate with fellow students, across tracks, and with faculty. 

Can I submit more than one abstract? 

  • Yes.  However, you will need to consider submitting with a co-presenter so that someone is available to remain with poster(s) during the showcase.   
  • If you submitted an abstract last year, please consider doing so again this year! 

What should go in the abstract?

  • An abstract is a concise summary of your work. It may describe the methodology, findings/conclusions, and highlights the major points covered. Remember to edit for clarity and accuracy.
  • If you have questions about writing an abstract, consider asking your professors or peers for suggestions. You can also peruse abstracts from the Oregon Public Health Association Conferences, or the American Public Health Association Annual Meetings to get an idea of what abstracts for different project types may look like. 

How much does it cost to register/attend the poster showcase?

  • It is FREE! There is no cost to attend, and the School of Public Health will cover the cost of your poster.

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