jessicahartlineNuclear Medicine Technology student Jessica Hartline was on a team of five UAB students that won the Innovation Award at the Emory Global Health Case Competition on March 23, 2013. Twenty-four universities across the U.S. and three international countries competed in the weekend competition. This is the second year in a row UAB has won this award.

The teams, comprised of undergraduate, graduate and professional school students from multiple academic disciplines, develop innovative solutions for a critical global health challenge. The UAB team consisted of students from medicine, public health, public administration, nuclear medicine technology and economics. Students were given one week to work on the topic challenge, “Can Global Sanitation 2020 Contribute to China’s Prosperity?”

“The case asked students to create a solution to address China’s desire to aid in sanitation efforts abroad while preserving the national interests of its country,” said Hartline. “The challenge required teams to design a strategy that could not only be feasible, but represented the ideals of China around the year 2020.”

Each team had 15 minutes to present their proposal to the judges, who assumed the role as China’s Ministry of Commerce, and 10 minutes for questions and answers.