2015 International Emory Global Health Case Competition

Atlanta, Georgia
Friday, March 27, 2015
2016 International Emory
Global Health Case Competition
Connecting Students from Diverse Fields to
Address a Global Health Challenge

Who can participate in the International Emory Global Health Case Competition?
Graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at accredited universities are invited to participate. Teams should be comprised of four to six students, and at least three schools  must be represented. For example, 2014's winning team from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center was comprised of an engineering student, three medical students, and two business school students. Post-graduate and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to participate.

How many teams can each university send to the International Emory Global Health Case Competition?
Your university can only send one team to the competition. We limit universities to one team because we want to engage a wide range of universities in the competition. Emory University will only be sending one team to the March 28th case competition as well. In 2015, Emory will accept up to 23 guest university teams located across the globe. 24 teams (23 guest universities plus Emory University) will compete with each other on the Emory University campus in Atlanta, Georgia.

What is the time commitment for participants?
The case will be released at 9:00 am Eastern time, Saturday, March 21st. Presentations will be due at 8:30 am Eastern time, Saturday, March 28th. Once the case is released, each team may decide when and how much to work on its presentation. Guest university teams typically arrive on the Thursday evening before Saturday's presentation day and participate in a team workday the Friday before the competition. Teams are encouraged to stay through Sunday morning so that they will not miss Saturday night's networking and social activities.

What is the topic of the 2015 case?
The case topic is not made available until the case is released on Saturday, March 21st. However, it will require a multidisciplinary approach to develop recommendations to address it. It may include issues such as health care policy, public health implementation and planning, business partnership/investment, medical research, logistics and management, faith/cultural understanding, international law, and other disciplines. Student team members can seek feedback from experts in the field on ideas that they generate themselves. They cannot present and defend ideas that experts provide to them. The 2009, 2010, 2011, 20122013, and 2014 cases are available for review online.

When will I receive information about logistics, rules, and event details?
A travel and lodging form will be made available online for participants in December 2014. Event-specific logistics and rules will be made available online in February 2015. Please note that the case will not be released until Saturday, March 21st, 2015.

What are the important dates for the competition?

  • 9:00 am EDT, October 6, 2014 - 11:59 pm EDT, October 20, 2014 - Application Period
  • November 2014 - January 2015 - Recommended time period to conduct your university's internal global health case competition if your university is holding one
  • December 15, 2014 - Deadline for our receiving your $500 application fee
  • December 2014 - Travel and lodging logistics form made available online
  • February 27, 2015 - Finalized team roster and individual team member information due, including individual travel and lodging information requested on our online form. We must have all individual team member information by February 27, 2015.
  • February 2015 - Event-specific logistics and rules made available online
  • March 21, 2015 - Case subject released
  • March 27, 2015 - Competition Workday
  • March 28, 2015 - Competition Presentation Day


Why should I participate in the 2015 International Emory Global Health Case Competition?
First, you will have a lot of fun! You will also learn about a real-world global health issue and have the opportunity to meet global health experts from Emory University, the CDC, and other leadng organizations who will serve as team subject matter experts and competition judges. You will also have the opportunity to interact with bright students from 23 other universities. Finally, your team has a chance to win a significant cash prize!

What are the prize amounts?
The first-place prize for the 2015 competition is $6,000, and second-, third-, and fourth-place teams will also receive cash prizes. Additionally the teams that win the Participants' Choice Award and the Innovation Award will receive cash prizes.

How can I coordinate a global health case competition at my university?
Check out our global health case competition manual on how to start an internal case competition at your university. You can also contact globalhealth.casecomp@emory.edu if you have additional questions.

If I want to learn more, where can I go?
Watch a video about the Emory Global Health Case Competition here to learn more! You can also read about past Emory Global Health Case Competitions here!

If you have any questions regarding the international competition, please email  

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