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Global Health Case Competition













The goal 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. 

WIN a sponsored two-week trip to a Sub-Saharan African country to research your team’s solutions to a global health problem with in-country competition partners.

COLLABORATE with students from different disciplines on a real global health issue and develop innovative solutions.

SOLVE a complex global case with your team members

Important Dates


September 23, 2015

Kickoff event @ 5 pm in Grover E205

October 12, 2015

Deadline to register your team by 5 pm EST

October 19, 2015

Release of the Case details by 8 am EST

November 2, 2015

Team Case Solution due by  8 am EST

November 9, 2015

Announcement of top 6 finalist teams by 5 pm EST

November 19, 2015

Case Competition Day

June 2016

Winning team travels to research their solution




  • The competition is open to all OHIO undergraduate, graduate, and medical students enrolled full-time for Fall 2015-2016 (both main and regional campuses). Post-doctoral fellows are not eligible to participate.
  • Teams must consist of 4 students from at least 2 different colleges and 4 majors/ disciplines.
  • Visit the Facebook page  to connect with other students looking for team members.


  • September 23, 2015. 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in Grover E205.
  • Meet the organizers and speak with other students interested in forming teams.
  • If you could not attend the kickoff you can still register a team by October 12th, 2015 at 5 pm EST



  • Sign up your team by October 12, 2015, 5 pm EST
  • Select a "team name" and nominate a "team contact person."   The team contact person/team member must sign up their team members. Information including first and last names, college, discipline/major and OHIO email address must be entered for all team members. Please consult with you team members before starting the Registration process.   
  • Register here



  • The case is released on October 19, 2015 at 8 am EST.


  • Teams have until November 2, 2015 at 8 am EST to submit their case solution.
  • Teams submit a 5-8 page paper plus references in APA style through Blackboard.
  • Teams are encouraged to use a variety of sources including library materials, web sources, course notes, and textbooks.
  • Teams are 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. See below for rubrics.


  • The top 6 teams will be announced on November 9, 2015 by 5 pm EST based on the written solutions.
  • Faculty and staff reviewers will judge the solutions based on the rubric.


  • When: November 19, 2015 (time- TBD)
  • Where: Baker Center
  • Judges: OHIO faculty and outside experts will utilize a presentation rubric.
  • 6 finalist teams give 15 minute presentations followed by 5 minute Q & A
  • Attendance and presentation from all team members is mandatory.


  • If your team wins, you must be available to travel to a Sub-Saharan African country to research your solutions in May 2016.
  • During Spring 2016, the winning team can expect to spend up to 20 hours in preparation and collaboration with in-country partners prior to travel.
  • Students who graduate in April 2016, need to re-enroll at Ohio University to participate or can choose to graduate in Summer 2016, but still walk at graduation in April 2016. If you have questions about this, please contact


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

Other colleges supporting the travel awards are College of Arts and Sciences, Patton College of Education, Russ College of Engineering and Technology, and Scripps College of Communication.

The competition is conducted during International Education Week (IEW).


If you have questions about the Global Health Case Competition, please contact Dr. Deborah Meyer ( or submit your questions to the Facebook page:

Seth Baker, Katherine Clausen, President Roderick McDavis










Winners of 2014

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. You can read about the team's experiences asessing their proposal in Guyana here.

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