2019 Statewide Group Photo

The 2019 Statewide Global Health Case Competition took place on Saturday, March 2nd, 2019. Ten teams of students representing six universities presented to panels of judges with their recommendations and plans for addressing indigenous child health outcomes in the face of development and deforestation in the Amazon rainforest of Peru. The top three teams were then tasked with editing their strategy to incorporate a budget increase and present again to the full panel of judges. From there, the first, second and third place positions were awarded. 

All who attended were astounded by the creativity, ingenuity and planning that students put together in their presentations. The 3rd annual Statewide Global Health Case Competition was a success thanks to the students who participated, univeristy professors and staff who made it happen, UAB professors who served as mentors for all the statewide teams, and the panel of judges representing various universities as well as community groups. Thanks to all who took part! We hope to see you again next year. 

2019 Statewide Global Health Case: "Deforestation of Amazon Rainforest and impact on children health outcomes of indigenous populations of Madre de Dios province, Peru"

Pictures: 2019 Statewide GHCC 

Finals: 2019 Statewide Finalist Round

2019 Winners: 

1st place, Team Blazers Without Borders from UAB

Alex Plazas, Megan Richard, Morgan Rozek & Kane Agan

2019 Statewide GHCC 1st place

2nd place, Team Mavens of Mayhem from University of Alabama

Brooke Adams, Ibukun Afon, Jessica Drummer, & Rolanda Turner

2019 Statewide GHCC 2nd place

3rd place: Team United, from Alabama State University

Vanessa Mallory, Keith Hayes, Taylor Rossier, & Dina Dixon

 2019 Statewide GHCC 3rd place

The Statewide Global Health Case Competition is an exciting and unique opportunity for undergraduate students from various universities across the state of Alabama to come together as multidisciplinary teams and propose innovative recommendations to a global health issue.  Students will sign up as a team. It is recommended that each team have students from various schools/departments. An example for a team might be 1 undergraduate health professions major, 1 undergraduate public health major, 1 enginnering major, and 2 undergraduate business majors.

Student experience:

"The UAB and Statewide Global Health Case Competition were truly life changing experiences. The case competitions really emphasize taking what we learn in our public health classes and implementing those different skills and techniques to real life situations. That was probably my favorite aspect of the competition because it really brings to life what we students could possibly be doing in our future careers. The competition also helped me clearly realize what career and academic path I want to work towards and I don't think that would have been possible without the case competitions."- Aseel Hajazin, UAB


Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

1st Place Team-- $1,500
2nd Place Team-- $1,000
3rd Place Team-- $500

How does it work?

The case will be released via email to the team captains on Monday, February 25th at 5 p.m. Teams present their proposals during a 15 minute presentation on Saturday, March 2nd to a panel of judges followed by a 10 minute Q&A from the judges. Winning teams will be announced at a luncheon following the presentations.

Dates & Events Information

January 25, 2019: Registration - registration will open at noon.

February 25, 2019: Case Release - team captains will receive case via email at 5 PM.

March 2, 2019: Competition Day-teams present their strategies to the panel of judges. A luncheon and awards ceremony will follow the presentations.

Why you should do this?

  • Chance to meet global health faculty here at UAB and global health professionals from across the state and community
  • Opportunity to interact with students from across UAB and other state universities, as you work on a team, bringing your unique strengths to solving this case
  • Learn about the real-life economic, ethical and cultural issues encountered in global health


Please contact Anna Helova at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-975-7770


Students will sign up as a team. Registration will open on January 25, 2019 at noon.

In order to register, the designated team captain will need the following:

  • Team name
  • First and last name of each team member
  • Email addresses of each team member
  • School/department and Major of each team member
  • please note: only undergraduate students can compete in the Statewide competition

Statewide Global Health Case Competition Registration

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Take time to read through and consider the following tips provided by past participants and winners of the UAB Global Health Case Competition. Follow the links on the left to review past cases and view presentations from previous competitions. Finally, read through the judging criteria for proposls presented at the competition.

Preparing your strategy

Please remember that this case represents a complex scenario that does not have a single correct or perfect solution, thus it encourages a balance of creative yet perceptive and knowledgeable approaches. As you prepare your strategy it will be helpful to consider the following:

  • Is your project evidence based?

  • Is your project a good fit for the political and cultural realities in the designated country/area?

  • How will you measure and evaluate the success of your project goals?

  • How can you partner with other organizations and individuals in the area/community to have a greater impact?

  • How can you use media and other means of communication to your advantage?

  • Be realistic with the budget.

  • Be clear in your strategy and clearly explain all of the parts work together.


Presentation is very important so please keep the following in mind as you prepare:

  • Identify the strongest speakers in the group and select 1-2 people to present the strategy.

  • Practice the presentation before delivering it and have other team members proofread and critique the final presentation.

  • All team members must be present to answer questions from the judges. Prepare to answer questions that may force you to improvise.

Judging Criteria

  • Professionalism

  • Timeliness

  • Multidisciplinary Perspective

  • Logical

  • Clearly defined target population

  • Feasibility of approach

  • Cultural acceptability of approach

  • Legal/Ethical Issues

  • Social Benefit/Social Return on Investment

  • Evidence of Sustainability

  • Monitoring/Evaluation Plan

  • Economic Impact

  • Scalability

  • Innovation

  • Adapting to Situation

  • Clarity of Response
  • Strength of support for answers