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Global Health Case Competition

What is the global health competition?   

Seth Baker, Katherine Clausen, President Roderick McDavis

The Ohio University Global Health Case Competition is a unique opportunity for Ohio University graduate and undergraduate students from multiple disciplines to research global health issues and develop innovative solutions to global health challenges. The winning team will receive sponsored travel to participate in an overseas global health activity to implement their solution in collaboration with the competition partners. The main aim of this competition is to promote awareness of 21st century global health issues, introduce students to diverse factors that impact decision-making, and encourage students from different disciplines to collaborate on solutions. 

Teams will be presented with a case to solve.  Teams will receive details about the specific case two weeks before the actual competition day in November.

The Global Health Case Competition is sponsored by the Ohio University Global Health Initiative, a partnership of the College of Health Sciences and Professions and the Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. 

2014 Finalists

1st Place

Employed a holistic approach that included the planting of Eucalyptus trees, carbon nanoparticles and a new study abroad trip that tackles infrastructure issues.

Katherine Clausen – Organizational Communication Studies

Seth Baker – Sociology

Morgan Stanely – Political Science

Noah Rosenblatt – Business Administration


2nd Place

Partner with a youth group in Guyana to teach about malaria and to train indigenous populations on how to make bed nets.

Tiffani Bauer – Media and Social Change

Clarinda Lyons – Communication Studies/Spanish

Elissa Prazer – Health Services Administration/Community Health Services

Jade Brannan – Exercise Physiology

 President McDavis, Global Health Initiative and Students that participated in the Global Health Competition.


Who Can Participate?

The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of study at Ohio University. Students must be enrolled as full-time students for Fall 2014-2015 at the main or regional campuses. Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to participate. Teams must be composed of four students from two or more Ohio University Colleges. Each team must draw from at least four different academic disciplines. There are three options for registration:

  1. Full team registration- Four students may register as a full team. Full teams must represent at least two different colleges and four different academic disciplines.


The Kick-Off Event on September 23 will offer the opportunity for individuals to find other team members and will provide initial information on the format of the competition.

Important Dates



September 23, 2015

Kickoff event 

October 12, 2015

Deadline to register by 5 pm EST

October 19, 2015

Release of the case details and competition rules and guidelines at 8 am EST

November 2, 2015

Team Case Solution Due by 8 am EST

Announcement of top six finalist teams by 5 pm EST

November 19, 2015

Case competition day

June 2016

Winning team travels to implement their intervention

TBA (Fall 2016)

Poster development and presentation



  • Teams must be composed of four members from at least two OU colleges and from four different academic disciplines. All graduate and undergraduate students are eligible.
  • Attend the "kickoff event" to meet other participants who want to form teams.
  • Sign up your team by October 12, 2015.
  • All team members must be present at the competition.


  • Team sign-up:  Teams are encouraged to have a "team name" and also nominate a "team contact person."  The team contact person/team member must sign up their team members by clicking on the Team Sign-up hyperlink.  Information including first and last names, college, discipline/major and OU email address must be entered for all team members.    


  • Kickoff Event- September 23, 2015. Noon - 1:30 pm Grover Center W123
    • Meet the organizers; speak with other students interested in forming a team.


  • Rules and guidelines will be released by October 19, 2015


  • The case will be released by October 19, 2015. Teams have until November 2, 2015, to work on the case.
  • Teams are encouraged to use a variety of sources including library, web, course notes, and textbooks.
  • The teams will be judged on creativity, innovation, cultural appropriateness, clarity, quantitative and qualitative analysis, implementation strategies, and delivery.
  • Analysis and recommendations should be presented in a manner that clearly and concisely covers all criteria.
  • Upon return from the global health site the winning team is expected to present their results and experiences at different events at OU. This may include poster development and presentations.

Competition Day

  • When: November 19, 2015
  • Where: Baker Center
  • Judges: Judges will include OU faculty.
  • The time allocated for each team’s presentation will be announced with the rules and guidelines closer to the event date.

Case site

  • All students should be aware that if their team wins, they must be available to travel for the case implementation and research from June 2016.