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Global Health Business Case Competition

The Global Health Business Case Competition (GHBCC) is in its fourth 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.

Registration for GHBCC 2019 opens November 30th.

Questions? Contact Josie Kraft at jgkraft@uw.edu.

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).
  • Graduate teams must have at least one Foster School Masters Student per team (a MBA or Specialized Master’s Program student).
  • 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 Wednesday, 1/23/2019 when the case is distributed.
  • Winning teams will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 1/26/2019. Team members must be present to win.

Competition Details

  • On Wednesday, 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.

Volunteer

Get a behind the scenes look at a case competition in action. Your generous time commitment will make this exciting event possible!

REGISTER HERE for volunteer opportunities available on Saturday, January 26, 2019.

Questions? Email jgkraft@uw.edu.

2018

In the third year of GHBCC, 31 teams (25 undergraduate and 6 graduate) were given “Vaccine Vial Monitors: ‘The Little Big Thing’ Taking Social Innovation to Scale,” a case written by Debra Schifrin and Steve Davis, and published by the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

The students were asked to take on the role of a joint team of managers from Temptime (the main Vaccine Vial Monitor manufacturer) and representatives from UNICEF. The judges acted as members of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The student teams had to make the case for PAHO to require VVMs on “newer” vaccines, those that target more than 15 diseases, including Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, mumps, rubella, influenza, yellow fever, pneumococ¬cus, rotavirus and human papilloma virus. While creating the pitch, they had to consider, among other things, the burden of various diseases in the country and the country’s health care infrastructure, particularly the vaccine supply chain. Next, they had to develop a plan for implementing VVMs in their chosen country for the “newer” vaccines. This proposal had to include a timeline, the costs at each stage of the timeline, and a financing plan.

Read the student charge. The champion and finalists’ presentations from each track are compiled below.

Undergraduate Track Champions
Sarah Rinehart (Public Health) Kim Perdue (Business), Emma Spickard (Public Health), Andrew Stearns (Business)
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Undergraduate Track 2nd Place
Ryan Hartman (Business), Sorana Nance (International Studies) Max Powers (Business and Economics), Ruary Thompson (Computer Science)
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Graduate Track Champions
Kenji Urabe (Business), Oluyinka Awobiyi (Business), André Peralta-Santos (Global Health), Marie-Claire Gwayi-Chore (Global Health)
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Graduate Track 2nd Place
Patrick Kapche (Business), Kayla Lowe (Health Administration), Wilson Trang (Health Administration)
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2017

The second iteration of GHBCC brought the addition of a Graduate Track. Twenty-nine teams (25 undergraduate, four graduate) spent 24 hours analyzing the 2017 case, “Diarrheal Diseases in Kenya: Addressing Post-Acute Mortality of Children under the Age of Five” (Debra Glassman & Jessica Rush, 2017). Student teams played the role of outside consultants hired by the Kenyan Ministry of Health, with the Ministry’s executive management played by a panel of community member judges.

The teams were asked to identify the best approach to addressing the mortality observed in the months following a diarrheal episode in children under five. Due to funding constraints, they were encouraged to concentrate on moving in one direction.

Read the student charge. The champion and finalists’ presentations from each track are compiled below.

Undergraduate Track Champions
Aria Y Cha (Human Centered Design and Engineering; Design), Na Young Chung (Public Health), Truman Ngo (Business), Hanna Dudsic (Business)
PowerPoint
Undergraduate Track 2nd Place
Samuel Silver (Business), Max Rumaner (Engineering), Hannah McConnaughey (Business), Nicholas Harmon (Business)
PowerPoint
Graduate Track Champions
Maher Khelifi (Biomedical and Health Informatics), Katherine Anderson (Business), Brian Conley (Law), Marleny Santos (Business)
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Graduate Track 2nd Place
Kevin Cussen (Business), Dongchi Han (Bioengineering), Victor Hsieh (Business), Yu Wang (Global Health)
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2016

At the inaugural Global Health Business Case Competition, 18 undergraduate teams spent 24 hours analyzing the 2016 case, “Fighting Childhood Pneumonia in Uganda,” (Harvard Business School, 2015). Student teams played the role of outside consultants hired by Gavi Vaccine Alliance, with Gavi’s executive management played by a panel of community member judges. The teams were asked to analyze 1) what challenges the pneumonia vaccination program might face in Uganda and what the key areas for improvement over the next five years might be and 2) how they would allocate funding across the vaccination program and the pneumonia activities described in the case.

Read the student charge. The champion and finalists’ presentations are compiled below.

Undergraduate Track Champions
Ishani Ummat (Finance/CISB), Hayley Pak (Finance/Human Resources), Nisha Kajani (International Relations), and Kevin Celustka (Finance/Spanish)
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Undergraduate Track 2nd Place
Eric Wang (Finance/Information Systems), Ryan Kouchakji (Environmental Health), Isabella Stokes (Public Health), and Amanda Schmitz (Marketing/Information Systems)
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Undergraduate Track 3rd Place
Maghara DePaoli (Global Health), Natalie Tallerico (Marketing/CISB), and Ellie Justice(Finance/CISB)
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