Public Health Day (post-Fall 2019)


Public Health Day presentations of special projects are completed by students in PHC 6940: Master of Public Health Capstone. The presentation and written report constitutes the culminating experience in the MPH program. These reports are graded by the faculty advisor, with input from one additional faculty member who assesses the presentation.

PHC 6940 Assessment Form – General

PHC 6940 Assessment Form – Evaluation

PHC 6940 Assessment Form – Program Development

Public Health Day Dates

Spring 2023: March 31st and April 3rd – More information here

Fall 2022: November 15th-17th – More information here.


Students are required to prepare abstracts of their reports before the presentation. Your abstract serves as a short summary of your project and should make the reader want to learn more about the project. Abstracts should follow these guidelines:

  • An abstract is less than 10% of the length of the written report
  • Note key facts in each category: issue/problem, methods, results, implications
    • Avoid a statement of scope; a sentence like “this paper will look at…”
    • Be sure to omit or condense lengthy examples, tables, and other supporting detail
    • Think of the abstract itself as a mini-essay
  • Be sure that the abstract is complete, accurate, and written in the same voice as the paper.
  • Abstracts should be submitted with your PowerPoint/poster presentation 48 hours before your Public Health Day presentation (see the PHC 6940 Canvas site for specific deadlines.


Currently, Public Health Day is done in a completely online format. Students will do an oral presentation over Zoom.

Virtual Oral Presentation

Specific times for each presentation are posted before Public Health Day. Typically, each student is allocated 20 minutes for their presentation: 15 minutes for the formal presentation, followed by a 5-minute question and answer period. Specific content required for oral presentations is specified in the PHC 6940 syllabus along with criteria for assessment of presentation style.

Public Health Day Zoom Guide

Public Health Day Abstract Archive

Please click here for an archive of previous abstracts submitted for the college’s Public Health Day.