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Case Competition

The 2021 Virtual 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.  

Apply now at https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bvGxrJkTcuP5qbr

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 International Case Competition (learn more about 2020's Emory event here!).

Contact Craig Borie at craig.borie@uky.edu with any questions.

  • When: February 20th, 2021

  • Deadline to Register: February 14th, 2021

  • All majors welcome to participate

  • Want to compete, but taking iCATS February 19th, 2021? Contact James.Ballard@uky.edu

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 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 tentative schedule:

  • Sunday, February 14th – Deadline for registration
  • Monday, February 15th – Participants receive case and team assignment
  • Tuesday, February 16th – Meet and Greet, orientation from 5-6pm
    • Opening remarks, meet event organizers
    • Overview of the week’s schedule
    • Case presentation overview
  • Friday, February 19th – Team workday and time with mentors 1:30pm – 5:00pm
  • Saturday, February 20th – Case Competition 8:00am – 4:00pm

Go ahead and be optimistic with your planning, as the winning UK team will also be competing virtually at the Emory International Case Competition March 21st, with the week leading up to it similar to UK's case competition scheduling format, except that information will be  shared on March 13th instead of the Monday before.

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?

Apply here: https://uky.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bvGxrJkTcuP5qbr by February 14th, 2021. 

Contact Craig Borie at craig.borie@uky.edu with any questions.