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2013 International Emory Global Health Case Competition

In March 2013, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its seventh Emory Global Health Case Competition and second international competition. The 2013 international competition brought multidisciplinary teams together from 24 different universities to address the countries and sanitation programs in which the Chinese government should invest during the years 2020-2025. Close to 150 students representing 10 countries participated. The winning team, from Johns Hopkins University, won a $6,000 prize. Yale University took second place; the University of Miami took third place, and the Georgia Institute of Technology won an Honorable Mention Award and the Participant's Choice Award. The University of Alabama at Birmingham took home the competition's Innovation Award. Read the Emory Report article here.

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Members of the 2013 International Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team.
Students from left are: Matthew R. Lindsley, Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
and Bloomberg School of Public Health; Stephanie Van Dyke, Johns Hopkins University
Bloomberg School of Public Health; Aaron Chang, Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of
Engineering; Kevin Wang, Johns Hopkins University Krieger School of Arts & Sciences;
Nidhi Khurana, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health; and
Collin Weinberger, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

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Dr. Bill Foege, 2012 Presidential
Medal of Freedom recipient and
EGHI Advisory Board member,
gave the welcome address to
case competition participants.

Yale University - Second Place

Ryan Boyko
Javier Cepeda
Hilary Rogers
Jordan Slowshower
Yi Zhou

University of Miami - Third Place

Jason Siem
Nilam Singh
Karan Srivastava
Onyi Ugorji
Chaitanya Vadlamudi

Georgia Institute of Technology - Honorable Mention and Participants' Choice Award

Becky Byler
Warren Gray
Jacline Griffeth
Chibueze Inhenacho
Henry Mei
Inthirai Somasunthram

University of Alabama at Birmingham - Innovation Award

Ted Belsches
Katherine Crawford
Jessica Hartline
Hannah Scott
Kathryn Van Marter-Sanders

2013 International Competition Sponsors

Case Summary and Process

Following the global economic recession of 2008-2010, the People's Republic of China inplemented an ambitious 12th Five Year Plan (2011-2015), which stabilized its sputtering economy and provided the country with the resilience required to withstand the rocky years between 2013 and 2017. Now, in the year 2018, China has the largest GDP of any country in the world. During this time, the Chinese government came to recognize the benefits of investing in the health and development of people overseas, resulting in significantly increased foreign aid.

Wang Xi, Vice Minister of China's Ministry of Commerce, and his colleagues want to shape specific aspects of the 14th Five Year Plan (2020-2025) with the objective of maintaining China's enviable global economic position in the face of fierce competition. Wang seeks to align 2020-2025 foreign investments with sanitation efforts, the State Planning Council's top global health investment priority. Case competition teams played the role of non-profit agencies specializing in sanitation strategies that provide Wang and his colleagues with multidisciplinary proposals for the 14th Five Year Plan. Competition judges represented the State Planning Council's leadership. In this role, judges selected the proposal that they thought was both the best investment for improving sanitation overseas and for maximizing China's returns. Read the full case here.


Katherine Bliss
Senior Associate, CSIS Global Health Policy Center
Lincoln Chen
President, China Medical Board
Therese Dooley
Senior Advisor, Sanitation and Hygiene, UNICEF
Baogang Guo
Professor of Political Science, Dalton State College
Daniele Lantagne
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tufts University
Yawei Liu
Director, The Carter Center's China Program
Peter Lochery
Director of the Water Team, CARE International
Moitreyee Sinha
Technology Leader, General Electric Company
Jaehyang So
Manager of the Water and Sanitation Program, World Bank

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

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