The Sparkman Center has two exciting announcements about the next Global Health Case Competition (GHCC)... 

1. The Sparkman Center for Global Health is joining forces with the Lister Hill Center for Health Policy to co-sponsor the next GHCC.

2. The UAB competition is moving from Spring to Fall semester. This means we will have more time in the Spring for the Statewide GHCC and to prepare the team to travel to the Emory GHCC in Atlanta. 

Go ahead and mark your calendars for November 2nd, 2019 because this year's compeititon is going to be great! 

For more information regarding the competition, continue reading below...

GHCC Fall 2019The 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. 

How does it work?

The case will be released via email to the team captains on Monday, October 28th in the afternoon. 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, November 2nd to a panel of judges followed by a 10 minute Q&A from the judges. The 3 finalists teams will be announced at a luncheon following the presentations. Finalists will then present again to the full panel of judges and winners will be announced after. 

Awards

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three teams.

1st Place Team-- $1,500

2nd Place Team-- $1,000

3rd Place Team-- $500

Why should you do this? 

Meet global health faculty here at UAB and global health professionals from the community

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 

 

Dates & Events Information

Fall 2019 GHCC Key dates

Registration 

Registration is now open until Monday, October 21st or until we reach 12 teams. To register you will need the name, email and major/school of each team member. Minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 team members to participate. Also come up with a team name!  Designate one member as your team captain. That person will share their cell number so we can text updates the day of the competition. Registration will remain open until Wed, October 23rd! 

Registration will be open until Mon, October 21st unless we reach 12 teams before that. Don't wait until the last day to register! We will email you a confirmation that your team registration is complete and the name of your mentor so that you can start scheduling your mentor meeting early. Registration will remain open until Wed, October 23rd! 

If you want to register as an individual and be placed on a team, we will have a separate form for you to fill out. We will do our best to arrange teams for individuals, but we can't promise there will be space. Team registration gets first priority.

Questions? Please contact Katie Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 205-975-7628. If you didn't attend an Info Session, you can review the information shared here: 

 

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

Preparing

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 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

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

Professional Timeliness Multidisciplinary Perspectives Logical
Feasibility of approach Legal/ethical issues Clearly defined target population Social Benefits
Evidence of sustainability Monitoring/Evaluation Plan Cultural acceptabily of approach Economic Impact
Adapting to Sitaution Scalability Clarity & strength of support for answers Innovation

UAB Case Competition Registration

If you are registering as a team, enter the information for all of your team members below. If you are registering as an individual, write "Individual" in the team name slow, then put your information in the team captain slots and submit registration.
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