A student team from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Master of Science in Health Administration program took home first place in Baylor University’s 4th annual Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management. In addition, team member Lauren Naumcheff was one of three students awarded Best Presenter.

The MSHA team, consisting of Tommy Burt, Lauren Naumcheff, and Matthew Barnes (pictured L/R), defeated ten other universities from across the United States and Canada.

“Our MSHA program has used case competitions as a form of experiential learning for more than ten years because solving problems under a deadline and presenting results to a panel of judges shows potential employers a student can think clearly and critically under pressure,” said Amy Y. Landry, Ph.D., Howard W. Houser Endowed Professor in Health Administration and MSHA program director. “We competed against the best students from programs across the country, and our team's success at Baylor demonstrates what amazing students we have in the MSHA program at UAB.”

The case competition provides master’s-level students an opportunity to put what they have learned in the classroom into real-life practice. Students are given a real-time healthcare case that they analyze and subsequently present recommendations to a panel of healthcare experts.

“The competition was designed to provide a forum for master’s-level students to participate in a national case competition in healthcare management with a distinct financial emphasis,” said Scott Garner, administrative director of the Robbins Institute. “This is an increasingly critical area of expertise within the healthcare industry.”

MSHA Case Baylor NaumcheffLauren Naumcheff, Case Competition Best PresenterParticipation in Baylor’s event is by invitation only. It features competing universities chosen from among full-time programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME) or BAMH member programs.

For their efforts, the MSHA team won $12,000. For her Best Presenter honor, Naumcheff won $500.

The UAB Master of Science in Health Administration program, ranked #2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, is housed in the School of Health ProfessionsDepartment of Health Administration.

UAB also hosts a national case competition every year. The 13th annual Health Administration Case Competition will be held February 27 – March 1, 2019, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.