In March 2014, the Emory Global Health Institute hosted its ninth Emory Global Health Case Competition and third international competition. The 2014 international competition brought multidisciplinary teams together from 24 universities to develop reorganizational strategies for the World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure that it meets the emerging health challenges of the 21st century. Teams came from Australia, Canada, Sweden, and the United States. The winning team, from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, won a $6,000 first-place prize along with the Participants' Choice Award. Johns Hopkins University took second place; the University of Alberta took third place, and the University of Minnesota won an Honorable Mention Award. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai University took home the competition's Innovation Award. Read the Emory Report article here.
Members of the 2014 International Emory Global Health Case Competition winning team.
Students from left are: Johnathan Stringer, University of Texas Arlington School of Engineering; Jane Slusher, University of Texas Dallas Jindal School of Management; Jack Squiers, University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine; Luwam Ghidei, University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine; Rohit Tyagi; University of Texas Dallas Jindal School of Management; and Kajal Mehta, University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine. David Barash, Executive Director of the Global Health Portfolio and Chief Medical Officer for the GE Foundation presents the check to the winning team members.
Dr. Bill Foege, 2012 Presidential
Medal of Freedom recipient and
EGHI Advisory Board member,
gave the welcome address to the 2014 case competition participants.
Marwa Mahmoud Fikry
The first few years of the 21st century have been challenging for the World Health Organization (WHO). This large, multi-lateral organization has, in the words of expert commentators, "moved from being the unquestioned leader of international health to searching for its place in the contested world of global health." While the world has become more connected in the last two decades, many feel the WHO has become disconnected with on-the-ground realities and has been slow and stubbornly soverign in its approach. As such, the WHO has increasingly endured criticism regarding its role, operations, and engagement. Accepting this criticism, the organization has adopted a set of major organizational reforms. However, when meeting to discuss these proposed reforms, the organization's Executive Board realized that its problems were foundational and required deeper thinking to solve.
For this case presentation, student teams played the roles of the 24 members of the WHO's Executive Board. Dr. Jacqueline Mirembe, the chairperson of the WHO's Executive Board, asked her board members to define the WHO's role and core purpose in global health in the changing 21st century health landscape. She asked the 24 members to consider the organization's history, strengths, weaknesses, and the recent criticism it has received as they build their own proposals for what the WHO's strategy should be going forward. The competition's judges played the roles of members of a task force of global health leaders from NGOs, governmental agencies, and business that reviewed and evaluated their proposals. Read the full case here.
Executive Director of the Global Health Portfolio and Chief Medical Office for the GE Foundation
Director, Special Health Projects at The Carter Center
Former Deputy Director and Former Acting Director, the CDC
Mary E. Chamberland
Consultant to the WHO and the CDC
Virginia Bales Harris
Former Deputy Director of CDC for Management; Director of the National Board of the YMCA
Partner, the Pendleton Consulting Group
President, John Snow, Inc.
Executive Director, The Vitality Institute
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.