2016 Global Health Case Competition
Opening Date for Registration: January 11, 2016
Closing Date for Registration:Now Closed
Case Competition Case Reveal: February 7, 2016, SLC Board of Trust Room at 3:00 PM
Case Competition Judging and Presentations: February 13, 2016, Sarratt Cinema starting at 8:00 AM
The annual case competition is organized by the VIGH Student Advisory Council and is designed to engage students in real-world global health challenges by introducing them to diverse factors that impact decision-making.
The goal of the case competition is to foster critical analysis and thoughtful action. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from across the university participate in multidisciplinary, multi-school teams to tackle a real-life global health case, working together to develop an innovative solution.
The case may involve issues such as health care policy, public health implementation and planning, business partnership and investment, medical research, logistics management, faith and cultural understanding, and international law. There is no right or wrong solution, and no prior knowledge of the case topic is required. Participants do not need to have a background in medicine or health. People from all disciplines bring their different perspectives and expertise to address a complex problem within proposed budgetary constraints.
After an intense week of research and preparation, teams present their case analysis and recommendations to a panel of expert judges and audience members. The winning team represents Vanderbilt University at the annual Emory International Global Health Case Competition in Atlanta, GA.
This year, we will have special guests from the World Health Organization (WHO), Partners in Health (PIH), and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)!
The competition is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all areas of study. Post-graduate and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to participate. Teams are composed of four to six students from three or more Vanderbilt schools. There are three options for registration:
- A student may register individually, and will be assigned teammates from other academic disciplines to form a full team.
- Two or three students may register as a partial team, and will be assigned teammates from other academic disciplines to form a full team.
- Four to six students may register as a full team. Full teams must represent at least different three schools, and are highly encouraged to include members from a broad array of academic disciplines.
Participants from the 2015 Case Competition were asked in an anonymous survey what skills or experience they got from the Case Competition.
Here are some of their responses.
The Case Competition Reveal will occur on Sunday, February 7, 2016 in the Student Life Center Board of Trust Room at 3:00 PM. This is the initial kick-off of the Case Competition where the case is unveiled for the first time to participants.
The Case Competition will occur on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in Sarratt Cinema starting at 8:00 AM.
It's FREE! There is no participation fee for the Case Competition.
Please register using this link: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=NKJPWN3HMC
The winning team will represent Vanderbilt University in an all expenses paid trip to the International Emory Global Health Case Competition.
On the day of this competition, this team will compete against over 20 universities from around the world at the chance to win up to $6,000 in cash awards.
Past topics of the Vanderbilt and International Emory competition have included Population Growth in Niger, Road Traffic Accidents in Vietnam, Mental Health among Egyptian youth, Gun Violence in Honduras, and Creating a Sustainable Public Health System in China.
Past winning presentations of the Vanderbilt Global Health Case Competition:
The VIGH Student Advisory Committee is grateful for the generous support of the many Sponsors of the 2016 Global Health Case Competition, without whom, the Case Competition would not have been possible.
If you, your organizations, or companies are interested in sponsoring our next Global Health Case Competition, please contact our Case Competition Committee co-chairs Angie Boehmer or Jessica Hinshaw.