The Global Health Case Competition is an exciting and unique opportunity for students at UAB to come together as multidisciplinary teams and propose innovative recommendations to a global health issue. All UAB students are encouraged to participate. Students can sign up as individuals or as a team. To register as a team, gather at least 4 students representing at least 3 UAB schools. An example for a team might be 1 graduate student from the SOPH, 1 undergraduate public health major, one enginnering major, and two graduate students from the Collat School of Business. 

2018 UAB Global Health Case

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


2018 UAB Global Health Case Competition


1st Place: Team Gang Green

Angela Chieh

Jana Ford

Janaki Kher

Vidushi Sinha

Yu-An Yang

Team Gang Green Finals

2nd Place: Team Global

Bijal Vashi

Mohamad Moughnyeh

Sufia Alam

Oumou Diabate

Team Global Finals

3rd Place: Team B'hamsters

Kane Agan

Alex Plazas

Khalid Freij

Kara Hofheins

Team B'hamsters Finals

Student Experience:

"...Working with other students from various educational backgrounds and  experiences was extremely rewarding and helped me grow in teamwork, critical thinking, and allowed me to utilize my problem solving skills from engineering. Each case was interesting because it encompassed problems from multiple angles including religion, education, culture, nutrition, medicine, and more. This really allowed students to think of solutions from a multi-dimensional perspective. Every student I know has fully enjoyed the competition and always looks forward to more competitions." - Priyanka Parajuli, 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, January 29th at 5p.m. Teams will be assigned a faculty or professional mentor with whom they will be able to meet for 1 hour during the week of the case competition to get feedback on their ideas. Teams present their proposals during a 15 minute presentation on Saturday, February 3rd 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

Date Event Location Time
January 10, 2018 Informational RPHB 507

5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

January 11, 2018 Informational RPHB 507

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.

January 17, 2018 Online Registration Online

Opens at 8:00 a.m.

January 24, 2018

Team Meet & Greet RPHB 507 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

January 31, 2018

Case Competition Seminar RPHB 507 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. 

February 3, 2018

Case Competition Hill Student Center 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


January 29, 2018 - Case Release: Team Captains will receive case via email at 5PM 

February 3, 2018 - 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 the community
  • Opportunity to interact with students from across the UAB campus and work as 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

Registration - Registration is closed for the 2018 UAB Case Competition

Students will sign up as a team. For team registration, you must have 3 UAB schools represented and at least 4 students on the team. Students who register as individuals will have an opportunity to join an interdisciplinary team at the Team Meet & Greet event.

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

  • Team name
  • First and last name of each team member
  • School status (undergraduate or graduate) of each team member
  • Email addresses of each team member
  • School and department of each team member



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 right to review past cases and view presentations from previous competitions. Finally, read through the judging criteria for proposls presented at the competition.

Team Work

It is important to attend the Team Meet and Greet (January 24, 2018) to meet your teammates before the competition starts. This will allow you to discuss schedules and determine meeting times during the week of 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