Global Health Case Competition Registration is Now Open!
The VIGH Student Advisory Council is excited to announce registration for the 2013 Vanderbilt Global Health Case Competition is now open to undergraduate and graduate students from across the university!
Participants in this university-wide competition work as interdisciplinary teams to develop and present an innovative solution to a complex, real-life global health problem. Teams consist of four to six students representing at least three different Vanderbilt schools (Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Science, Divinity School, Graduate School, Law School, Owen Graduate School of Management, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, School of Engineering, School of Medicine, School of Nursing). Students from all disciplines, backgrounds, and levels of experience are encouraged to register online as individuals, teams, or partial teams through January 31, 2013.
The case may involve issues such as health care policy, international trade, child health and development, biomedical engineering, gender equality, or emergency response, but the specific case remains a mystery until the competition kick-off on February 13. 2013. Participants do not need to have any knowledge of the case topic, and a background in medicine or health is not required. The most successful teams take a pragmatic, multidisciplinary approach to the case and design a feasible and sustainable response given the outlined constraints.
When the case is revealed on February 13, 2013, teams will receive a packet of information and competition guidelines. They will spend the next two and a half days researching, analyzing and preparing their recommendations on the case, which they will present on Saturday, February 16 to a panel of expert judges and audience members. The winning team will represent Vanderbilt University at the annual Emory International Global Health Competition on March 23.
The 2012 Vanderbilt case centered around the issue of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis in the Russian prison system. Teams provided innovative cost-effective recommendations for reducing TB among inmates and preventing transmission of the disease to those in the surrounding communities. The diversity of creative solutions proposed included ranged from clinical screening and treatment procedures, renovating prison facilities to improve ventilation and overcrowding, building partnerships with local churches, and advocating for long-term policy change.
For more information on the case competition, including a link to the online registration form, visit the VIGH Student Advisory Council’s website, www.vanderbilt.edu/vigh-sac, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.