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. Fourteen days after receiving the case, students must propose realistic, innovative solutions to a panel of expert judges who pick three teams to present in the final round. The winning team receives guidance from faculty at the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health before representing USC at the International Global Health Case Competition at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

The competition at USC began in 2012 with a case challenge developed with the International Medical Corps. 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.

Learn more about this year’s competition below:

2021 Virtual Global Health Case Competition

The Global Health Case Competition is back on for 2021 and this year the contest is once again open to both undergraduate and graduate students, and on-campus and online students.

The winning team will represent USC in the Emory Global Health Case Competition March 13-21. The USC team will compete against other universities from around the world for a chance to win the cash grand prize! *The Emory Case Competition will take place virtually. *

Winning teams will get cash prizes!
1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $100

Important Dates

Registration Deadline: 5:00 PM January 31, 2021
Case Guidelines Distribution: 9:00 AM February 5, 2021
USC Global Health Case Competition: February 19, 2021
Emory Global Health Case Competition: March 13-21, 2021


Additional Information

  • Teams must register their teams (with the names and school affiliations of each team member) by January 31, 2021, at 5:00 PM.
  • Teams must comprise five members from at least three USC schools and all graduate and undergraduate students are eligible. Both on-campus and online students are eligible to participate in the case competition.
  • Each team will have approximately two weeks to prepare their proposals and presentations. The case will be released on February 5, 2021, at 9:00 am pacific time to all teams and participants.
  • Teams will be asked to prepare a proposal of a hypothetical solution in response to a challenge in a pressing global health topic. Teams will be given 15 minutes to present their proposals virtually to a panel of 3 or more expert judges from USC and other organizations.
  • All students will receive a certificate of participation for this event.
  • Meet potential teammates at a virtual mixer on January 26, 2021, at 6:00 pm via Zoom. Learn more >>
In 2017 the USC team took first place at the Emory Global Health Case Competition.

Shubha Kumar, PhD, MPH Shubha Kumar, PhD, MPH - Education Director, USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health

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