USC Global Health Case Competition

The USC Global Health Case Competition brings together teams of students from all disciplines to tackle a critical global health challenge. Five days after receiving the case, students must propose realistic, innovative solutions before a panel of expert judges. The winning team represents USC at the International Emory Global Health Case Competition in Atlanta, GA.

Download and fill-out the registration form and return it to Nivvy Hundal before Friday, Jan. 29.

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Teams must comprise five students (undergraduate and/or graduate) from three or more USC schools.

The case competition will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. All team members should make an effort to be available for the duration of the event. However, if there are serious time conflicts, please note in your registration form the time slots when your entire team would be available during those hours, as well as the reason for the conflict. We will do our best to schedule the presentations accordingly for the preliminary round. All teams must be available from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. after the preliminary round for the announcement of the finalists and for the final round.


In 2012 the USC Institute for Global Health hosted the first intramural USC Global Health Case Competition, which tasked 15 teams of undergraduate and graduate students with developing strategic plans for an imaginary $50 million donation from the International Medical Corps to Haiti. The winning team comprised six undergraduates from diverse backgrounds of study. Supported by the Institute, they went on to compete at the international competition in Atlanta, GA, and received an honorable mention award.

Today, the annual event is a popular campus-bridging fixture at USC. Known for being as fun as it is educational, the case competition offers students the chance to apply their skills and interests to real-world situations and fosters opportunities for networking and friendship.

2016 USC Global Health Case Competition

Save the Dates!

Friday, Jan. 29, 2016
Team registration deadline

Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016
Case & rules/guidelines distributed

Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016
USC Global Health Case Competition at SSB 115/116.
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Preliminary Round
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. USC Global Health Lecture with Rosie Henson from American Cancer Society & Finalist Announcements. American Cancer Society is this year's partner for the USC Global Health Case Competition. The three finalist teams for the USC Global Health Case Competition will be announced during this lecture.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Networking Reception
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Final Round
6:30 p.m. Awards Ceremony

April 9, 2016
Winners will compete in the Emory International Case Competition in Atlanta, GA.

All travel and participation expenses will be covered by the USC Institute for Global Health.



  • Teams must comprise 5 members from at least three USC schools. All graduate and undergraduate students are eligible!
  • Form your own team OR register as an individual (by Jan. 29) and attend the networking event to meet other participants who want to form teams.
  • Register your team by Jan 29.
  • All team members must be present at the competition.


  • Rules and guidelines will be released Feb. 4 along with the case.


  • The case will be released Feb. 4. Teams have until the day of the competition to work on it.
  • Teams are encouraged to use a variety of sources: library, web, course notes, textbooks, etc.
  • Creativity, innovation, clarity, quantitative and qualitative analysis, implementation strategies and delivery will all be evaluated.
  • Analysis and recommendations should be presented in Microsoft PowerPoint or similar presentation software.

Competition Day

  • When: Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Where: USC Health Sciences Campus, Soto Street Building
  • After the preliminary round is judged, the finalist teams will present again at the final round the same day.
  • Judges: Judges will include USC faculty and global experts.
  • Each team will have a total of 25 minutes:
    • 15 minutes to present analysis and recommendations
    • 10 minutes for Q&A with judges


  • The winning team will travel to Atlanta, GA, to represent USC at the International Global Health Case Competition at Emory University, held April 9, 2016.


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