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AU Hosts Interdisciplinary Intramural Public Health Case Competition

Public Health Case Competition

The AU Public Health Program is calling for participants for its third annual Intramural Public Health Case Competition. Teams of students will be presented with a real-life public health issue and challenged to develop strategies to solve the issue.  

The competition, modeled after Emory University’s Global Public Health Case Competition, is open to students across the university. It is a unique opportunity for AU graduate and undergraduate students from multiple schools and disciplines to come together to develop innovative solutions for 21st century public health issues.

This year’s case will focus on non-communicable diseases. Once the case is released to the teams, they will research the case and develop an intervention, policy initiative, or other strategy to address it.
How to Participate  
The first step is to form a team and submit a team roster to by Friday, February 5, 2016.
Team Guidelines:

  • Teams must consist of four to six students.
  • Teams may include graduate and undergraduate students from any academic units of American University.
  • Teams may have no more than two graduate students.
  • The teams must be interdisciplinary in nature, with a minimum of three distinct disciplines being represented.
  • At least two members of each team must be from the College of Arts and Sciences.

How it Works
The case will be developed by AU’s Public Health Program and will be delivered to the teams on February 10, 2016. Students will have two weeks to prepare a strategy to address the issues presented in the case; faculty may be consulted as resources, but are not allowed to contribute to the strategy.

Students will present their case solutions on February 24, 2016, to a panel of public health professionals. Each team will prepare a 15-minute presentation. Each presentation will be followed by 10 minutes of questions from the panel of judges, who will then determine the winner.
Prize Money will be awarded for first, second, and third places. The grand prize is $1,000; second place is $500; and, third prize is $300.
For More Information
Questions? Contact Jolynn Gardner, director of the Public Health Program, at