USC Global Health Case Competition

About

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 Global Health Case Competition at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

For the 2015 challenge we are partnering with Toms®, the company that put social entrepreneurship on the map.

The competition will also be co-sponsored by the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at the USC Marshall School of Business


History

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 eventis 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.


2015 USC Global Health Case Competition

Key Dates

Monday, Dec. 1, 2014
USC Case Competition registration opens

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Individual registration Deadline

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015
Team-building networking event | 5:00 p.m., Location TBA, UPC

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015
Team registration deadline

Monday, Feb. 2, 2015
Case & rules/guidelines distributed

Monday, Feb. 9, 2015
Preliminary round | 11:00 a.m., Soto Street Building, HSC

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015
Final round | 10:00 a.m.,  TCC 450, Tutor Campus Center, UPC

The final round will be followed by a free, public USC Global Health Lecture Series talk by Shira Shafir, director of social innovation and impact at TOMS.

March 27-28, 2015
Winners compete in the Emory International Case Competition | Atlanta, GA

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


Register

Download and fill out the registration form and return to Nivvy Hundal at nhundal@usc.edu.


Information

Teams

  • 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 21) 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.

Events

  • Jan 22: Team-building networking event – 5:00 pm, Location TBD, UPC – Meet other participants and form multidisciplinary teams!

Rules

  • Rules and guidelines will be released Feb. 2 along with the case.

Case

  • The case will be released Feb. 2. Teams have until the day of the competition, Feb. 9, 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 1

  • When: Feb. 9, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Soto Street Building, HSC - 2001 N. Soto Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033.
  • The finalist teams will be invited back to present on Day 2
  • 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

Competition Day 2

  • Participants who aren't in the finalist teams are not required to attend this event, but are welcome to be part of the audience. Lunch will be first-come, first-serve.
  • When: Feb. 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Where: The finalists will present at the Tutor Campus Center, Room 450 (The Forum).
  • Judges: Judges will include USC faculty and global experts including Shira Shafir, Ph.D., MPH, Director of Social Innovation and Impact at TOMS.
  • Each team will have a total of 25 minutes:
    • 15 minutes to present analysis and recommendations
    • 10 minutes for Q&A with judges
  • The final round will be followed by a keynote lecture featuring Shira Shafir of TOMS as part of the USC Global Health Lecture Series. Event details can be found at http://globalhealth.usc.edu/shirashafir.

Emory

  • The winning team will travel to Atlanta, GA, from March 26 to 29, 2015, to represent USC at the International Global Health Case Competition at Emory University (held Mar 27-28, 2015).

 

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