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Global Health Case Competition

What is the Case Competition?
Who Can Participate?
Awards
Case Assignment
• Dates and Event Information

Case Competition Nurtures Passion, by Brant Bonetti, B.S. (Peabody '12)
The Case for Case Competitions, by Doug Midkiff, MBA (Owen '12)

What is the Vanderbilt Global Health Case Competition?

Students presenting at the 2013 Global Health Case Competition

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 two and a half days 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.

Who Can Participate?

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.  

Awards

The winning team will represent Vanderbilt University in an all expenses paid trip to the International Emory Global Health Case Competition.  On Saturday, March 29, 2014, this team will compete against 23 universities from around the world at the chance to win up to $6,000 in cash awards.

Case Assignment

Over one million people die annually from road traffic injuries, and, if action is not taken to reverse the trend, this death toll is projected to triple by 2030. Vietnam has one of the highest road traffic death rates in the Western Pacific Region, and, according to the United States Department of State Crime and Safety Report, two of the most dangerous activities in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam are daily, unavoidable occurrences: crossing the street and driving or riding in traffic.

The United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly designated 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety, and chose Vietnam as one of its focus countries.  The U.N. Resident Coordinator in Vietnam has released a country-level request for proposals to award a one-time grant for seed funding for a social enterprise with a creative and measurable intervention that could have a significant impact on the issue of road traffic safety in HCMC. U.N. partners, including emergency medical responders, social entrepreneurs, and civil engineers from HCMC will convene to hear the enterprise pitches, review the recommendations, and ultimately select the most feasible proposal to provide start up funds to one group’s business.

Drawing upon your team’s research and expertise, your task is to develop a business plan for a social enterprise that will address one or more aspects of road traffic safety. Your pitch should be based on the needs you identify in HCMC, but have potential to be scaled to other urban areas in Vietnam and Southeast Asia. Your group will have up to $3 million USD in seed funding, which can be spent over a period of four years. Your plan must demonstrate self-sustainability after the four years.  

To download the entire 2014 Case Document, click here.

2014 Dates and Event Information

Friday, January 17 : Case Competition registration closes

Wednesday, February 5: Case Competition Kick-off Reception and Case Reveal  Meet your teammates at the Case Competition Kick-off Reception, where the details of the case will be unveiled (Centennial Perk, 2525 West End Ave., 8th floor; doors open at 6 p.m., event begins at 6:30 p.m.)  FB

Saturday, February 8: Case Competition Presentations and Awards  After two days of research and preparation, each team will present their case analysis and recommendations to a panel of expert judges and audience members. Awards and reception to follow (Light Hall, Vanderbilt Medical Center; participants arrive at 12 p.m., presentations begin at 1 p.m.) FB

Saturday, March 29: 2014 International Emory Global Health Case Competition   Vanderbilt will send one team to compete with 23 universities from around the world at Emory University in Atlanta, GA

Competition Sponsors

2014 case competition sponsors

 

 Matthew Gartland, Krisitin Anderson, and Shuai Yuan  Students from the 2013 Global Health Case Competition  Students from the 2013 Global Health Case Competition