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Global Health Business Case Competition

The Global Health Business Case Competition (GHBCC) is in its third year at the UW Foster School of Business. The competition builds on the traditional business school case competition model by bringing together students from multiple disciplines including business, engineering, and health sciences in a competitive environment. Instead of addressing a typical management or supply chain issue, students will instead tackle a critical global health challenge. Student teams will all face the same challenge and have the same short period of time to analyze the case and develop recommendations.

Following the analysis period, the teams will then present their findings and recommendations to panels of judges from the faculty and community. The competition will culminate with a networking lunch for students and judges.

One of the many benefits of the GHBCC is that the competitive and collaborative environment simulates future workplace settings that require multidisciplinary teams and creative problem solving.

GHBCC is organized by the UW Global Business Center at the Foster School of Business, in partnership with the Department of Global Health and the Jackson School of International Studies’ Center for Global Studies.

Questions? Contact Angela Shelley at

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Team Rules & Eligibility

  • GHBCC consists of two tracks, one for undergraduates and one for graduates. Teams may not be mixed undergraduates and graduates.
  • Teams should consist of 2-4 students from the Seattle, Tacoma, or Bothell University of Washington campuses.
  • Teams must have students representing at least two academic disciplines (e.g. one business student, two global health students, or one each business, engineering, health).
  • Students have found that choosing team members with diverse skill sets is beneficial.
  • All student participants must be currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate students during Winter Quarter.
  • Teams may substitute members until Thursday, 1/25/2018 when the case is distributed.
  • Winning teams will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 1/27/2018. Team members must be present to win.

Competition Details

  • On Thursday, the competition kicks off. The teams receive a copy of the case at 6:30 p.m.


  • Teams will have until 6:30 p.m. on Friday to analyze the problem, develop a solution and create a PowerPoint presentation. Presentations must be submitted in person to the Global Business Center at or before 6:30 p.m.


  • No changes may be made to slides after 6:30 p.m. on Friday.


  • All teams will present to a panel of corporate and community judges on Saturday morning.


  • Presentations will be pre-loaded onto the appropriate room computers for Saturday’s competition. It is recommended that teams also bring a back-up USB of their presentation, as well as printed copies of the presentaiton for the judges.


  • Presentations are 10 minutes long, followed by a 10 minute question and answer session, and a 5 minute feedback session from the judges.


  • The winning team from each track will win $500. The second place team from each track will win $200. Team members must be present to win.


Get a behind the scenes look at a case competition in action. Your generous time commitment will make this exciting event possible! Volunteer opportunities available on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Questions? Email