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2018 Global Health Case Competition


Welcome to the 2018 Global Health Case Competition! The Global Health Case Competition is an opportunity for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to collaborate in developing innovative solutions to a global health problem. 

The Case and Schedule of Events

The case topic was top-secret until the Reveal on Wednesday, February 7 from 6pm-8pm at the Sarratt Cinema (photos). For the next 10 days, Teams of 4-6 students from across Vanderbilt's schools and colleges worked diligently to devise a solution to the presented problem. The Competition was held on Saturday, February 17 from 8am-1pm at the Featheringill Hall Auditorium and Atrium (room 134) (photos)

Student leaders worked with Vanderbilt and Guyanese emergency medical professionals to develop the 2018 case, "Improving Health Outcomes through Expanding Access to Emergency Medical Services in Rural Guyana." The case document, which includes background information about the topic and Guyana, is available to view.

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Competing in and Winning the Competition

Each team was required to have at least three different Vanderbilt or Meharry schools/colleges represented. Global health is an interdisciplinary field and draws its strength from a diversity of perspectives. Successful teams included undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from multiple backgrounds who each provide necessary insight to the issue. Medical knowledge for this competition was helpful but not necessary. Students could register as a full team (4-6 students), a partial team (2-3 students), or individually. Partial teams and individuals were placed on interdisciplinary teams and notified of their teammates the week before the Reveal. 

Teams were divided into four 'tracks' on competition day. One winner was selected from each track to compete in the final round, where teams were selected for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. The Winning Team represented Vanderbilt at the  2018 International Global Health Case Competition held at Emory University on March 16-17.

The top three teams were: 

1st place Presentation. Team members: Alexandra Bronson (Arts & Sciences), Lin Fei (Arts & Sciences), Jessica Howard (Peabody), John Lee (Engineering), Jamal Merritt (Arts & Sciences), and Victoria Shi.

2nd place Presentation. Team members: Naeha Haridada (Arts & Sciences), Lauren Marlar (Peabody), Venkata Ramy Ganti (Arts & Sciences), Hoor Temuri (Arts & Sciences), and Vinecent Zhang (Arts & Sciences).

3rd place Presentation. Team members: Nicole Hefner (Arts & Sciences), Margot Kim (Arts & Sciences), Cerie Ock (Engineering), Susannah Spero (Nursing), and Allie Yan (Arts & Sciences). 

2018 Global Health Case Competition Committee

Case Competition Committee Co-Chairs
Olivia Harris
Miller Morris

Committee Members
Jonathan Algoo
Grace Callahan
Ellen Cammarano
Adeline Ewing
Katie Gao
Anna Kuo
Caroline Lalla
Victoria Mityul
Sylvie Muhimpundu
Maris Paden
Sanjana Satish
Kayla Somerville
Andrea Zhang

Marie Martin
Elizabeth Rose