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2016 Global Health Case Competition

The Case

The case topic of the 2016 Global Health Case Competition was “The Aftermath of Ebola: Strengthening Health Systems in Liberia.”
The participants of the 2016 Global Health Case Competition were prompted to answer the question: “What is your team’s plan for health systems strengthening in post-Ebola Liberia, and how will you defend that plan as the most effective plan?” Each team created their plan thinking of themselves as interdisciplinary consultants to a large, international, non-governmental organization. Their NGO, a current partner of the Liberian government, had been asked by the Ministry of Health to provide technical consulting and expertise, and ultimately, to assist with the development of a strategic plan for health systems strengthening in Liberia post-Ebola.
Teams worked together for a week to develop a post-Ebola HSS plan that is  realistic, prioritizedand  actionable  in a five-year timeframe. Despite an  unrestricted and unspecified  budget, decisions, plans, and priorities were required to be  justified  during the team’s 12-minute presentation.
Read the full Case Prompt here

The Winning Team


Erin Hamilton, School of Medicine

MPH candidate (Global Health)

Matt De Niear, School of Medicine

MD, PhD candidate

Emily Sheldon, School of Medicine

MPH candidate (Global Health)

Matt Inbusch, Owen Graduate School of Management

MBA candidate

Yoonhee Han, Graduate School

MA (Economics) candidate through the Vanderbilt Graduate Program in Economic Development

Kevin Kelly, Graduate School

MA (Economics) candidate through the Vanderbilt Graduate Program in Economic Development


The Winning Presentation

See the winning presentation here



Team 1
Julia Allen
Brendan Boland
Kevin Cyr
Katie McGinnis
Kidane Sarko

Team 2
Erin Hamilton
Kevin Kelly
Matt De Niear
Emily Sheldon
Matt Inbusch
Yoonhee Han

Team 4
Saimukeshvar Bhupatiraju
Dustin Cai
Amy Cui
Eric Doan
Naeha Haridasa
Saurabh Jha

Team 5
Frances Anderson
Khaliungoo Ganbat
Rany Octaria
Timo Rinne
Karen Trochez

Grace Umutesi

Team 6
Ahmed El-sadek
Lee Johnson
Evan Mercer
Richard Sheng
Joshua Tacca

Team 7
Rohini Chakravarthy
Christi Nitse
Aislinn O'Keefe
Jason Fromal
Saad Rehman
Akshat Gadgil

Team 9
Anushka Choudhary
Nicole Hefner
Sameeksha Malhotra
Minnie Mangafas
Alexis McCullough

Team 10
Farishtay Yamin
Ruchi Roy
Robert Yee
Paxton Gammie
Akshay Soni

Team 11
Rui Wang
Joyonna Gamble-George
Holly Roberts
Sukarn Chokkara
Pavan Myeni
Avi Prajapati

Team 12
Christopher Wahlfeld
Ezequiel Ossemane
Shanel Tage
Vivian Wanjohi
Nana Kwarteng
Savannah Ryanne Ware

Team 13
Elizabeth Mekbib
Sanjid Halim
Vikas Shiva
Elsa Young

Team 15
Chealsea Biegler
Kelly Ruse
Christine O'Brien
Isaac Pence
Winston Ling
Meghan Mouser

Team 16
Ian Setliff
Corey Seacrist
Raroline Cui
Bonnie Pang
Jasmine Kelly

Sebastian Dobrow

Team 17
Jill Heaviside
Allison Quintanilla
Elizabeth Bartlett
Lekha Reddy
Aubri Charnigo

Team 18
Jillian Balser

Team 19
Cristah Artip
Logan Brown
Anthony Maina
Michaela Copp
Joshua Latner

Mary Masterman

Team 20
Ellen Cammarano
Jenermy Langham
Jack Shapiro
Simon Puno
Olivia Harris




Muktar Aliyu, MD, DrPH  – Associate Professor of Health Policy & Medicine Associate Director for Research, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Dr. Muktar Aliyu is Associate Professor of Health Policy and Medicine and Associate Director for Research with the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health. Dr. Aliyu attended medical school at the Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and completed graduate training in public health at the George Washington University and the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He joined Vanderbilt University after completing residency and fellowship training at Meharry Medical College and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His research interests are in adverse birth outcomes associated with infectious diseases in resource-limited settings. He is a principal investigator on research and training grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Dr. Aliyu is board-certified in General Preventive Medicine & Public Health and is a Fellow of the American College of Preventive Medicine.

Carolyn M Audet, PhD, MSc. Assistant Professor Department of Health Policy –Vanderbilt University

Dr. Carolyn Audet is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy, the Institute for Global Health and the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University. She has received funding from ViiV Health Care to pilot a male engagement in antenatal care services in rural Mozambique (2011-2014), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (through a sub-contract from UCSF) to assess a Positive Prevention intervention (2010-2014), a career development award (K12) from Vanderbilt University to increase traditional healer referrals of HIV-infected patients (2012-2015), and the National Institutes of Health (National Institute for Mental Health K01 Award) to assess feasibility of engaging traditional healers as HIV treatment partners (2015-2019). Her research has led to changes in national health policy in Mozambique. Traditional healers, recently recognized as potential allies in health care delivery, use low-literacy patient referral forms piloted by her team in 2012-2013. Male partners, traditionally excluded from ante-natal, delivery, and post-natal care in Mozambique, are now formally invited to participate in couples-based services, including HIV counseling and testing after a pilot intervention increased male engagement, leading to higher proportion of women testing for HIV, accepting treatment (if positive), and delivering at the health facility.

Carol Etherington, MSN, RN, FAAN Associate Director of Community Health Initiatives Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Carol Etherington has worked in urban and rural areas around the globe focusing on traumatized populations.  She established one of the first police based counseling programs in the nation within the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department and has worked throughout the U.S. during times of natural and man made disasters including earthquakes, hurricanes, school shootings and New York City post 9/11. Carol first served on an international emergency medical team in the aftermath of the Pol Pot genocide. In the early/mid 90’s, she completed four missions in war-torn Bosnia  and since 1996, has worked with Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF/Doctors Without Borders) in Bosnia, Poland, Honduras, Tajikistan, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Angola, the Darfur refugee camps; in  2013 she evaluated MSF’s  three year old mental health program in Iraq. A member of MSF/USA Board of Directors from 1998 – 2004, she served the last two years of her tenure as President of that Board. An Associate Professor of Nursing, Emerita as of 2014, Etherington continues to teach interdisciplinary groups of graduate students in community health, global health, and caring for victims of violence. She is an outspoken advocate for underserved and vulnerable populations, and strongly promotes the concept that health, mental health, human rights and human dignity are inextricably linked.

Doug C. Heimburger, MD, M.S. – Professor of Medicine - Associate Director for Education and Training –Director, MPH Global Health Track - Vanderbilt Institute of Global Health   

Dr. Heimburger is Professor of Medicine and Associate Director for Education and Training in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH). He directs VIGH’s education and training programs for Vanderbilt students and trainees, as well as research training opportunities for doctoral and postdoctoral trainees from other institutions and other countries.  These include direction of the Global Health Track in Vanderbilt’s Master of Public Health Program and the University of Zambia-Vanderbilt Training Partnership for HIV-Nutrition-Metabolic Research (UVP), and co-direction of the Vanderbilt-Zambia Network for Innovation in Global Health Technologies, the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke Consortium for Global Health Fellows, the Vanderbilt-CIDRZ AIDS International Training and Research Program, the Vanderbilt Training Program in Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer (MAGEC), and previously curriculum development for the University of Guyana Master of Public Health Program. His principal research and publication interests are nutritional influences on responses to treatment for HIV/AIDS in developing countries and global health education. He conducts clinical nutrition research in a population of undernourished Zambians who are on antiretroviral therapy for HIV/AIDS.

Brian L. Heuser, Ed.D., M.T.S.­ Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy, Peabody College Senior Research Fellow & Advisor , Office of the Associate Provost and Dean of Students Vanderbilt University

Dr. Brian L. Heuser is an Assistant Professor of the Practice of International Education Policy in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations (LPO)at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. Professor Heuser currently directs the International Leadership Development (ILD) track of the Human and Organizational Development (HOD) major, and teaches and advises in both the International Education Policy and Management (IEPM) masters program and Ed.D programs. Professor Heuser has research and work experience in more than 30 countries, including as a US Embassy Policy Specialist in the Republic Georgia where he worked on issues related to scientific and academic research conducted by tertiary institutions of the post-Soviet region. He has long worked with - and supported - renowned programs such as the Boren National Security Education Program, the Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship Program, the Fulbright US Student Program, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program. His academic and policy work has a strong emphasis on higher education internationalization and economic development. He teaches classes in comparative education, international organizations and economic development, education policy, and international higher education management.

Scott T. Massey, PhD –  Chairman and CEO – Global Action Platform

Dr. Scott T. Massey is Founding Chairman and CEO of Global Action Platform, a university-business alliance advancing scalable, sustainable solutions for abundant food, health, and prosperity.  Dr. Massey is the immediate past President and CEO of The Meridian Institute (Indianapolis), a national think tank with programs in economics, education, and healthcare.  His other prior roles include President and CEO, The Learning Collaborative, President and CEO, The Indiana Humanities Council, and Founding President and CEO of the Leonard Bernstein Center. In addition to his leadership role at Global Action Platform, Dr. Massey is Managing Partner for Global Partnership for Sustainable Solutions, an international development organization and serves as Professor of Strategy and Competitiveness, Massey School of Business, Belmont University, where he is a member of Michael Porter’s Microeconomics of Competitiveness global network. Dr. Massey is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the Diplomatic Courier and a member of the STEM Higher Education Council. A published author, speaker, and Emmy-Award nominated television documentary producer, Dr. Massey works on initiatives that connect academic, business, and government sectors, principally in regional economic development. Dr. Massey holds a Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University, with a focus on cybernetics and the philosophy of science and logic.

Troy Moon, MD, MPH Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Dr. Troy Moon, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH). He did his residency training at Tulane/Ocshner Clinic Foundation, and subsequently completed his Pediatric Infectious Disease fellowship at Tulane/LSU in New Orleans. He recently served 6 years with the VIGH partner organization Friends in Global Health, based in Zambézia, Mozambique, as the Clinical Director overseeing an HIV care and treatment scale-up program. Dr. Moon co-directs the Foundations in Global Health course within the Vanderbilt M.P.H. program and has taught at the University Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo, Mozambique. 

Sten H. Vermund, MD, PhD Assistant Vice Chancellor for Global Health , Professor of Pediatrics and Director Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health

Dr. Sten Vermund, is the Director of the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Amos Christie Chair in Global Health, and Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Preventive Medicine, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Vermund received his M.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, an M.Sc. in tropical public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from Columbia University. He has led international HIV care, treatment, and prevention projects in numerous locations around the globe, and spearheaded efforts to ease the burden of tropical and childhood diseases through research and teaching in low- and middle- income countries. In 2013 Vermund was awarded the Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence from the Global Health Education Consortium.

Bart Victor, PhD Cal Turner Professor of Moral Leadership Owen School of Management, Vanderbilt University

Bart Victor holds the Cal Turner Chair in Moral Leadership at The Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.  He teaches ethics in the MBA, EMBA, Executive Education, and MaCC programs.  He also leads the Owen initiative on business and poverty alleviation (Project Pyramid).   Professor Victor joined the Owen faculty from the Institute for Management Development International (IMD), in Lausanne Switzerland where he was Professor of Management and Director of the Program for Management Development. In addition to his academic experience, Professor Victor has significant experience as a manager: From 1970 to 1979, he founded and operated Child Day Care Centers in California, Illinois, and New York. He then spent several years as a management consultant based in Washington D.C.  He founded (with Johan Roos) and served as CEO from 1999 to 2003 of Executive Discovery, a LEGO group company.  He has served on the board of directors of several healthcare companies and was chair of the board of the Baptist Healthcare System Inc (DBA BH1) and chair of the board of the Vanderbilt Center for Health Services. Professor Victor is a member of several professional organizations, including the Academy of Management and the International Association for Business and Society.

Isabelle Wachsmuth – Huguet, MSc, MPH – World Health Organization

Isabelle Wachsmuth is an expert in multi-sectoral institutional and human capacity building with 18 years of experience in an international network promoting and implementing knowledge management solutions in both high and low income countries. She has a Masters in Sciences on “Genie Physiologique” at the University of Poitiers, France and Master in Public Health at the University of Geneva. She was Director of international advanced technology projects in private sector (Vivendi Universal). Now in WHO Headquarter, she is project manager for the Service Delivery and Safety Department to address emerging areas (genomic, palliative care, traditional and complementary medicine) and Quality of Universal Health Coverage in the perspective to strengthen health system. She is the moderator of the international francophone forum on Health Information For All. HIFA Forums are worldwide collaboration platforms of 20,000 members. From 2007, in WHO Headquarter, she was a project manager of the Evidence Informed Policy Network for the Knowledge Ethic and Research Department. From 2002, she has worked for various WHO departments and on Public-Private Partnerships as adviser for UNECE for Economic Cooperation and Integration and Sustainable Energy Divisions to establish International PPP Centre of Excellence on Health, Institutional and Legal Concession PPP and Renewable energy.


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.
2016 Sponsors of the Global Health Case Competition

Case Competition Committee and Volunteers

Angie Boehmer, School of Medicine (Co-Chair)
Jessica Hinshaw, School of Medicine (Co-Chair)
Grace Fletcher, School of Medicine / Graduate Case Writing Team)
Erin Graves, School of Medicine (Case Writing Team)
Jennifer Neczypor, School of Nursing (Case Writing Team)
Mary Bayham, School of Medicine (Development Chair)
Aiden Lee, College of Arts and Sciences (Development Team)
Jelena Belenzada, College of Arts and Sciences (Marketing Team)
Sparsh Gupta, College of Arts and Sciences (Marketing Team)
Hattie Zhang, College of Arts and Sciences (Marketing Team)
Savannah Hurt, School of Medicine (Volunteer)
Bhinnata Piya, School of Medicine (Volunteer)
VIGH, SAC Presidents:
Joseph Starnes, School of Medicine
Elana Kleinman, College of Arts and Sciences
VIGH, SAC Advisors:
Marie Martin
Elizabeth Rose