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2011 Emory Global Health Case Competition

In March 2011, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its third annual and first national Emory Global Health Case Competition. The 2011 competition expanded the field of student participants from 40 students from four universities in 2010 to 120 students from 13 universities located across the country. Guest university teams included: Cornell University, Dartmouth College; Duke University, Princeton University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of California at San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, and Yeshiva University.

Emory University teams won first- and second-place honors, while Dartmouth College and University of California at San Francisco won honorable mention awards. Rice University won the competition's Innovation Award.

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Members of the 2011 Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team.
Students from left are: Jason Myers, Candler School of Theology; Stephanie Stawicki, Laney Graduate School;
Abdul Wahab Shaikh, Goizueta Business School; Andrew K. Stein, Goizueta Business School;
Jenna Blumenthal, Laney Graduate School; Krista Bauer, Director of Global Programs at General
Electric Company, signature sponsor of the event. Meridith Milukich (not pictured),
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, was also a team member.

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Competition participants present their recommendations to the judges

Second-place Team

Katrina Moore, Candler School of Theology
Irfan Kassem, Goizueta Business School
Emma Sizemore, Emory University School of Medicine
Meghan Donohue, Rollins School of Public Health
Leah Zilversmit, Rollins School of Public Health
Adithi Srinivasiah, Oxford College

Honorable Mention Teams

Dartmouth College

Vaidehi Mujumdar, Dartmouth College
Allison Arensman, Dartmouth Medical School/Tuck School of Business
Saryah Azmat, Dartmouth College/Thayer School of Engineering
Maija Si-wen Cheung, Dartmouth Medical School
Cameron Taylor Nutt, Dartmouth College

University of California at San Francisco

Erik Coker, Global Health Sciences
Jessica deJarnette, Global Health Sciences/Medical College of Georgia
Janelle Downing, Global Health Sciences
Margaret Lloyd, University of California at Davis, Department of Plant Pathology
Emily Mangone, Global Health Sciences
Robert Salerno, Global Health Sciences

Innovation Award

Rice University

Ann Chou, Wiess School of Natural Sciences
Cindy Dinh, School of Social Sciences
Chris Fan, George R. Brown School of Engineering
Trishna Narula, School of Social Sciences
Joshua Ozer, School of Social Sciences
Karthik Soora, School of Humanities

2011 Competition Sponsors

As with the 2009 and 2010 Emory Global Health Case Competitions, the 2011 competition was initiated and coordinated by the Institute's Student Advisory Committee, and was a huge success.

Case Study and Process

Twenty multidisciplinary student teams developed programming recommendations for Sofi Kannan, Director of Programming for the East Africa Regional Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Sofi's 2012 budget had been cut by 40%, and she face the daunting job of prioritizing programs for approximately 800,000 refugees with severely limited resources. While Sofi is a fictional character in the 2011 case study, the 20 participating student teams took her problem very seriously. This case challenged students to address an issue that programming directors face routinely - determining how to ensure good care for their populations with fewer resources. If you would like to read the full case, click here.

The 20 teams were divided into four streams of five teams. Each stream was evaluated by two expert judges. From the original 20 teams, four finalists were selected, who were given an additional case challenge to address. These four teams then presented their final cases in front of four new final-round judges. To ensure fairness, judges were blinded to each team's university affiliation.

Competition Judges

2011 judges

Judges feedback session

Krista Bauer, MS, MBA
Director of Global Programs, GE
J. Veronica Biggins, MA
Managing Partner of Hodge Partners
Stephen B. Blount, MD, MPH
Associate Director for Global Health, CDC
Martha Finn Brooks, MPA
Past President and CEO of Novellis
Brent Burkholder, MD, MA
Director of Global Immunization Division, CDC
Barbara Lopes Cardozo, MD, MPH
Psychiatric Epidemiologist, CDC
Susan Cookson, MD, MPH
Medical Officer, CDC
Roger I. Glass, MD, PhD
Director of the Fogarty International Center
Peter Roberts, PhD
Associate Professor, Goizueta Business School
Emily Serazin, MPhil
Principal, Boston Consulting Group
Rob Stephenson, PhD
MSc, Assistan Professor, Rollins School of Public Health
Carmen Villar, MSW
Chief of Staff, CDC

The Emory Global Health Case Competition is an exciting opportunity for students to participate in a real-world global health challenge using a real-world, multidisciplinary approach.

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