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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.  

These strategies are presented to a panel of judges and the top team will be awarded $1500.00, in addition to receiving an invitation to represent UK at Emory University's 2020 International Case Competition (learn more here!).

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m., Monday, February 3, 2020.


  • When: February 11-15, 2020

  • Deadline to Register: February 3, 2020 @ 11:59 p.m.

  • All majors welcome to participate

Additional Information

Who can participate?

Graduate and undergraduate 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.

After you register and are selected, members will be randomly assigned to teams. Applicants may request to be paired with a maximum of two other applicants at the time of registration, but team membership is not guaranteed as priority must be given to the overall needs of the competition and team diversity. 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 one week 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.

Mandatory events the week of the competition include:

  • Opening & Team Meet and Greet from 5 - 7 p.m. on Tuesday
  • Optional Presentation and Pitch Skills Development  5 - 7 p.m. on Wednesday
  • Global Health Lecture from 12 - 1 p.m. on Friday
  • Team Work Day and Mentor Sessions from 1 - 5 p.m. on Friday
  • The Competition will run from 8 am to approximately 4 p.m. the following day, Saturday

What were the case topics in past years?

Past topics have included gun violence in Honduras, tobacco use in India, childhood obesity in Mexico, and palliative care needs in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

How do I register for the case competition?

Planning is under way for the next competition, to be held Spring 2019. Check the registration link above or Contact Landon Dean at with any questions.

Congratulations to the Winning Teams of the 2018 Global Health Case Competition!

Nearly 70 students representing 12 UK colleges, and many educational
backgrounds, worked together on teams to compete and present their solutions
to “Growing Pains: Palliative Care in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.”

First Place Team

Austin Eirk—Medicine
Michael Sackett – Business and Economics
Parisa Shameizadeh – Health Sciences (Human Health Sciences)
Anita Shanker – Medicine*
Hannah Thomas—Arts and Sciences (Health, Society, and Populations) & Lewis Honors
Yuxi Zhang—Medicine

Second Place Team

Joy Coles—Nursing*
Patrick Keller—Medicine
Gaukhar Kussainova – Agriculture, Food and Environment
Prachi Raichur – Arts and Sciences (Neuroscience)
Hussain Siddiqi—Medicine

Third Place Team

Brittany Auvil – Arts and Sciences (Psychology & Neuroscience)
Ethan Cardwell – Public Health*
Will Handshoe—Medicine
Lidya Yatin – Arts and Sciences (Mathematical Economics)

* Team Captain