The annual case competition is organized by the VIGH Student Advisory Council and is designed to engage students in real-world global health challenges by introducing them to diverse factors that impact decision-making.
The goal of the case competition is to foster critical analysis and thoughtful action. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from across the university participate in multidisciplinary, multi-school teams to tackle a real-life global health case, working together to develop an innovative solution.
The case may involve issues such as health care policy, public health implementation and planning, business partnership and investment, medical research, logistics management, faith and cultural understanding, and international law. There is no right or wrong solution, and no prior knowledge of the case topic is required. Participants do not need to have a background in medicine or health. People from all disciplines bring their different perspectives and expertise to address a complex problem within proposed budgetary constraints.
After two and a half days of research and preparation, teams present their case analysis and recommendations to a panel of expert judges and audience members. The winning team represents Vanderbilt University at the annual Emory International Global Health Case Competition in Atlanta, GA.