Strong communication skills are an important part of any job, and for public health practitioners, this includes the ability to give effective presentations. While visual aids, such as PowerPoint slides, can be used to enhance a presentation, when used incorrectly, visuals can just as easily detract from a speaker's message.

Watch this series of short, educational videos to learn how to design a presentation that will engage your audience and allow you to clearly deliver your message. In these videos you will learn to find and use images, present data effectively, use layouts and grids, and choose appropriate fonts and color schemes.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the purpose of using slides in a presentation
  • Design slides that convey your message at a glance by using images and limiting the amount of text
  • Use good design principles to create a template for your presentation
  • Create charts that are easy to understand
  • Find free or inexpensive photos to use in your presentation

Intended Audience

Anyone who plans to create slide presentations.

Watch Videos

The videos and resources in this series are available by logging in to PH LearnLink.


Leslie Wall, Instructional and Graphic Designer, University of Washington


These videos were created to assist individuals who will be giving a presentation for the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, especially presenters in the Hot Topics webinar series. The topics, however, are applicable to a wide audience. We encourage you to use these videos when designing your own presentations and to share them with others.

September 5, 2013
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Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Communication Skills
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Public Health Sciences Skills