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Case Competition

The Global Health Case Competition is an innovative student competition that rallies graduate and undergraduate students from across UK to form interdisciplinary teams that develop strategies to address a critical global health challenge.  

Congratulations to Team 6, winners of the Fall 2021 Virtual Global Health Case Competition! Team members are:

First Name

Last Name





Business and Economics


Emma Grace


Arts and Sciences,Public Health

Pre-Bachelor of Public Health, Minor in Biology



Social Work

Master of Social Work



Communication and Information







The Fall 2021 Global Health Case Competition engaged students to come up with a plan to combat climate change and the related damage of hurricanes for their choice of 1 of 5 countries: Dominican Republic, Japan, Madagascar, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Team 6 beat out strong competition with strategies for the Philippines that were presented to a panel of global health professionals. The winning prize was $1,500.00 and the team also has an invitation to represent UK at Emory University's 2022 International Case Competition (learn more about 2020's Emory event here!).

In addition, participants listened to virtual keynote "Climate Changes Health” given by Dr. Perry Sheffield from the New York Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Sheffield is significantly involved in efforts to study the effects of environment on health and social justice, particularly for children. 

Contact Craig Borie at if you have questions about the next Global Health Case Competition, tentatively scheduled for Fall 2022, and best wishes on your journey to becoming a global health leader.

  • When: February 6-11

  • Deadline to Register: February 1

  • All majors welcome to participate

Global Health Case Competition Lecture

Mosoka P. Fallah, PhD, MPH, MA will serve as the keynote presenter for the 2023 Global Health Case Competition. His live Zoom lecture is titled Liberia – The Road to Resilience in Health: Ebola to COVID-19.  The lecture will be on Friday, February 10 at 12:00pm EST. Dr. Fallah’s discussion will be broadcast live in UK’s College of Nursing Room 115, and be viewed via Zoom. Click here to register for Dr. Fallah's lecture.

  • When: Friday, February 10 at 12:00 pm

  • Where: UKY College of Nursing 115 or Zoom

  • Topic: Liberia - The Road to Resilience: Ebola to COVID-19

Additional Information

Who can participate?

Undergraduate, graduate and professional students enrolled in any UK college are invited to participate. Teams are comprised of four to six students and at least 3 different UK colleges must be represented. Already formed teams can work together as long as they meet the requirement of no more than 3 members from the same college.

After you register and are selected, members will be randomly assigned to teams.  Post-graduate and post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to participate.

Teams with members from diverse backgrounds and colleges are often able to create more well-rounded case solutions, and have a better chance of advancing to the final round.

How many students can participate?

Teams are made up of 4-6 students, each team representing a minimum of 3 colleges. The maximum number of teams will be 18.

What is the time commitment for participants?

The case is released late on the Monday before the Saturday competition. Presentations will be due the morning of the competition. 

Once the case is released, it is at each team's discretion as to how much time it spends working on its presentation. In addition to attendance at mandatory events the week of the competition, successful teams have found that spending an additional 10-20 hours working together on their project yields optimal results.

Below is the general schedule:

  • Friday – Deadline for registration
  • Monday – Participants receive case and team assignment
    • Meet and Greet, orientation from 5-6pm
      • Opening remarks, meet event organizers
      • Overview of the week’s schedule
      • Case presentation overview
  • Friday – Team workday and time with mentors 1:30pm – 5:00pm
    • Global Health Lecture 12:00pm
  • Saturday – Case Competition 8:00am – 4:00pm

Go ahead and be optimistic with your planning, as the winning UK team will also be competing at the Emory International Case Competition in Spring 2023, with the week leading up to it similar to UK's case competition scheduling format.


  • Friday time with mentors is a range of times when mentoring will occur. Each team will only receive 1 hour of scheduled mentorship, then are free to pursue other obligations, including working on the case.
  • Saturday, Case Competition presentation day - Teams will attend a short opening session, are scheduled for a 30 minute presentation (including Q&A) and are welcome to attend a 30 minute awards ceremony.

What were the case topics in past years?

Past topics have included gun violence in Honduras, tobacco use in India, childhood obesity in Mexico, unknown viral outbreak in Qatar during the World Cup, palliative care needs in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

How do I register for the case competition?

Click HERE to register for the Spring 2023 Global Health Case Competition.

Contact Craig Borie at with any questions.