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.
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 time and location for the 2016 Global Health Case Competition is TBA.
There is no participation fee for the Case Competition.
If you are interested in participating in the GHCC, please complete this survey to receive further information when it is available.
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.
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.