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Mar. 14,  2011

Global Health Competition Includes Teams From 13 Universities

Nearly 120 students from 13 universities across the United States will gather at Emory University for the third Emory Global Health Case Competition, March 18-19. The 20 student teams will spend an intensive weekend developing innovative solutions for 21st century global health challenges.

"Global health continues to grow as a primary interest of students at universities across the United States, and the Emory Global Health Case Competition has gained a reputation as the leading national team event to showcase the creativity, passion and intellect of our future leaders in global health,” says Jeffrey Koplan, MD, MPH, Emory vice president for global health and director of the Emory Global Health Institute. “Our competition has grown from a local to a regional event, and this year it has become the premier national global health student case competition.”

The multidisciplinary competition, developed and coordinated by the Emory Global Health Institute’s student advisory committee, includes graduate and undergraduate students from numerous fields including agricultural and life sciences, business, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, public health, theology, the social sciences, and the humanities.

The university teams will receive this year’s case subject on Monday evening, March 14 in advance of the final weekend competition. Previous years’ case competition teams addressed severe childhood malnutrition in Ethiopia and developed recommendations to reduce tobacco burdens in Gujarat, India. A multidisciplinary external panel of judges will evaluate the teams’ recommendations.

In addition to Emory University, teams from the following schools will participate: Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Princeton University, Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of California at San Francisco, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, and Yeshiva University.

This year’s signature sponsor is GE, with additional external sponsorship by Douglas and Barbara Engmann. Internal sponsorships include the Emory Graduate Student Government Association, the Emory Medical Student Senate, the Emory School of Law, the Emory Student Government Association, the Goizueta Business School, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing and the Rollins School of Public Health.

The Feb. 17, 2001 issue of the journal The Lancet included an article by Koplan, Mohammed K. Ali, assistant professor of global health at Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health and Jonathan M. Grund, a 2010 graduate of the Rollins School of Public Health and past president of the Institute’s student advisory committee. The article describes past Emory Global Health Case Competitions and the benefits of these problem-based competitions to promote global health in universities: The Lancet, Early Online Publication, 17 February 2011 doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(10)62186-1

“The 21st century world compels all students to integrate a global consciousness into their education because global health has implications for political, economic, sociobehavioural, and cultural milieus,” say the article authors. “Case competitions emphasise the spectrum of considerations (eg. economics, anthropology, ethics, politics, and law) that are needed to address global-health issues and allow cross-pollination of professional and interpersonal skills and viewpoints.”

More information about the student case competition.

More information about the Emory Global Health Institute.


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