Session Proposal: Details & Instructions

Preparing Your Session Abstract

To submit your proposed session, you will need to create 2-3 learning objectives, a brief overview of the session’s content, and the general design of the hour-long session. You will also need to select the applicable technical track (topic area) for your session, and indicate the experience level of your session’s desired audience(s) (e.g. student, mid-level professional, experienced professional). Please utilize the resources below on how to create S.M.A.R.T. learning objectives for your session, and strive to make your session proposal as interactive and engaging as possible. 

Submitting Your Proposed Session

Your session should be innovative, informative, and cutting-edge. The Mini-University is a forum for participants to learn something new in the field of global health, contribute their expertise to a topic, and engage with others on a particular global health area. Your session should highlight evidence-based best practices and state-of-the-art information. Using the link provided below, please submit your session proposal no later than April 20, 2018. Deadline extended to April 25.


After each proposal has been scored by a team of technical experts, the session selection committee will meet to discuss all proposals. You will receive a decision on your session in mid June.


Who Can Submit A Session Proposal?

Anyone! Whether you are a student, entry-level professional, experienced professional, or professor, you can submit your Global Health Mini-University session concept. You can design a session as one person, or a team of up to six. 

Who is the Audience for My Session?

Attendees of past years have included students, medical professionals, public health experts, NGOs, USG staff, non-profits and others interested in global health. Audience size will vary. If you would like to limit the size of your session's audience, please indicate so in the session's proposal. When you submit your session proposal, you are asked to indicate the desired experience level of your session's audience. This information will be given to participants so they can select sessions best suited to their level of experience.

What Else Do I Need to Know?

  • All sessions are one-hour. Keep this time limit in mind when designing your session's content and structure.
  • Once you start the session proposal, you can save and return at any time by clicking "save and continue later" at the top of the screen. This enables you to see all the questions prior to submitting your proposed session.
  • Your proposed session title is limited to 10 words and the description of your session's content is limited to 125 words.
  • Still have questions? Contact the planning team at

How Do I Create an Engaging Session?

Creating S.M.A.R.T. Learning Objectives
    The establishment of all objectives should be created using the S.M.A.R.T. philosophy. S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym that is used to guide the development of measurable goals. Each objective should be:
    • Specific: what is to be done?
    • Measurable: How will you know it meets expectations?
    • Achievable: Can the person do it?
    • Relevant: Should it be done?
    • Time-Oriented: When will it be done?
    Example of a S.M.A.R.T. objective: By the end of the presentation, the learner will be able to identify the five key aspects of interest-based negotiations. Example of non-S.M.A.R.T. objective: The learner will understand interest-based negotiations.
    Tips for an Engaging Mini-U Session
    • Keep your objectives in mind—what do you want your participants to walk away knowing?
    • Excite your audience! When possible use alternative presentation techniques (workshop, case-study, simulation, small group work, etc.)
    • Imagine yourself attending your session. How can you make the presentation interesting enough for YOU to enjoy?
    • If using PowerPoint…
      • Plan on holding audience attention for no more than two minutes per slide.
      • Limit slides to a number that can be covered in the hour you have available, including time for Q & A.
      • Think carefully about your text- if the audience will not be able to read it, do not put the material in your slide.
      • Paraphrase PowerPoint text – never read to the audience.
      • Use visuals to replace text where appropriate.