APRU Global Health Case Competition

Case competitions are increasing popular around the world as a way for students to exercise critical thinking skills using a “real world” challenge. For this international, virtual competition, teams will receive a challenge relating to a pressing global health problem.

Teams who register are given two weeks to prepare 10-12 minute videos in English proposing a realistic, well-designed, innovative solution to the challenge. Teams will save their videos on Youtube or Vimeo and submit the link via email for judging by a panel of APRU Global Health Program members and other global expert judges.

Three videos will be chosen for the final round to be shown at the 2017 APRU GH Program’s annual conference in Manila, Philippines, in October 2017. The winning team will be announced at the conference and a prize of US$500 will be awarded.

*Note: videos must now be 10-12 minutes, as opposed to previous years’ requirement of 14-16 minutes. 

View case challenges and submissions form previous competitions:


  • MARCH 15– Deadline for universities to register teams
  • APRIL 1– Case challenge sent out via email at 11:59am Pacific Time
  • APRIL 21– Final video submissions due by 11:59am Pacific Time
  • JULY 1– Three finalist teams announced via email
  • OCT 18– Final competition held at the 2017 APRU GH annual conference in Manila, Philippines


  • There is no cost to participate.


  • A representative from each university must register each university to participate by March 15, 2017 at 11:59am Pacific Time by emailing mwithers@usc.edu
  • Any university in any country may compete.
  • Universities are encouraged to hold their own internal competition to decide on the team that will represent the university in the APRU-wide competition. Up to 5 teams per university will be eligible.
  • Universities are encouraged to provide funding for teams to attend the annual conference.
  • Universities are requested to provide mentorship to their team.
  • 5 teams per university are allowed to participate.


  • The team must be comprised of currently enrolled university students (as of April 2017). Students of all disciplines and stages in their training are welcome including undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Postdoctoral students and medical residents/interns are not eligible. Individuals holding faculty appointments will not qualify.
    • The teams must be comprised of 5-6 students.
    • The solution to the challenge must be student-driven. Although we encourage that students draw on faculty and outside mentorship and support, it should not be the work/research output of a faculty member.


  • The winning team will be announced at the 2017 conference in Manila, Philippines on Oct 18, 2017.
  • A prize of US$500 will be awarded to the team.
  • Student teams from low- or middle-income countries who are selected to participate in the final round may be eligible for travel scholarships to the conference.


For competing teams, please submit the following materials by email by April 21 at 11:59am PST to mwithers@usc.edu.

  • Provide a link to your  video on youtube or vimeo (no more than 16 mins)
  • At the beginning or end of the video, please provide a slide with full name, discipline of study, affiliated department and institution, and academic status as of April 2017 (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, etc.) for each team member.
  • Powerpoint or other audiovisuals can be used in conjunction with the oral presentation.
  • All team members should appear on the video and should actively participate. Everyone on the team needs to physically show at some point in the presentation. So, they can appear talking next to a set of slides like a presentation. Or, talking with another person, etc. You do not need to have students record a message separately.


Submissions will be judged on the following criteria:

INNOVATION: What is the innovation and what does it aim to achieve?

FUNDING: How will this be funded?

IMPACT: Who will benefit and what is the expected health impact? Will it logically produce the impact that you are expecting?

ACCOUNTABILITY: How will you evaluate the proposed idea? What data or metrics will be used to monitor implementation?

FEASABILITY: What will it take to get your idea off the ground?

SUSTAINABILITY: Is your idea sustainable over the long-term? Is it welcomed in the populations it seeks to serve?




1. Demonstrates background knowledge of problem and target community.  Clearly highlights challenge and the current context in which this problem has arisen.
2. Introduction is attention-getting, lays out the problem well, and establishes a framework for the rest of the presentation.
3. Proposes a creative, original, innovative solution adequately addressing the case prompt.
4. Provides clear justification for the proposed solution and approach.
5. Provides clear justification for choice of country, community, and focus.
6. Demonstrates cultural competency in the proposed solution.
7. Describes impact. (Who will benefit and what is the expected health impact? Will it logically produce the expected impact?)
8. Demonstrates a realistic, feasible approach (explains practicality of the solution)
9. Demonstrates consideration of cost and includes a budget.
10. Proposal is resourceful. Demonstrates plans for sustainability.  Includes timeline.
11 Overall creativity of the video and presentation delivery.
12 Visual aids are well prepared, informative, effective, imaginative, with few typos.
13 Information is well-organized and presented in a logical sequence.
14 Material is relevant to the overall message/purpose.  Appropriate amount of material is included. Presentation contains accurate information, which is cited.  All technical terms are defined.
15 Assignment instructions were followed- including active participation from all team members, and length of presentation is within time limits.