The UAB Sparkman Center for Global Health Case Competition is an educational opportunity that features teams of 4-6 students representing at least 3 different schools. Teams are given a case scenario featuring a real life global health problem and are tasked with providing strategic recommendations to move the case subject forward efficiently and effectively. Teams present their recommendations to a panel of judges who then score the teams and award cash prizes.

Since 2010 the Sparkman Center has hosted the case competition annually as a means of engaging students in the complex questions that global health work presents. In 2017 we expanded to include a Statewide Global Health Case Competition, where mulitple universities brought teams to compete. At each competition we enjoy exploring a new case topic and seeing how students respond to the unique challenges presented.   

Click the links below to see photos, winners and the full case from the most recent competition years

2019 UAB: Syrian refugee children and disabilities in Zaatari Camp, Jordan

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

2018 UAB: Road Traffic Injuries in Granada, Nicaragua: Prevention, Safety and Emergency Response

2018 Statewide: Challenges of slum life in Orangi Town, Karachi, Pakistan

2017 UAB: Feminine Hygiene in the Rukungiri District of Uganda

2017 Statewide: Impact of Malnutrition on a Child's Health in Rural Ethiopia

For competitions 2016 and prior, click the case title to read the full case

2016 UAB: Child and Adolescent Sex Trafficking in Thailand

2015 UAB: Stunting in Children in Northern India: Addressing the roles of open defecation and sanitation

2014 UAB: Developing Tobacco Control Strategies for the North Sumatra Province of Indonesia

2013 UAB: Reducing Cervical Cancer in the Solol√° Department of Guatemala

2012 UAB: Disaster Management and Preparedness in Barguna District, Bangladesh

2011 UAB: Addressing Childhood Obesity in Mexico City

2010 UAB: Severe Acute Malnutrition Strategy in the Oromiya Region, Ethiopia