2018 APRU Global Health Case Competition


The working theme for this year’s case competition is “Reducing Mental Health Stigma among University Students”.

Overview of the Challenge

Suicide is preventable. Yet, it is a leading cause of death among students in many Pacific Rim economies. Universities are increasingly prioritizing mental health services in order to help prevent suicide and to improve overall student performance and well-being. However, studies have found that even when mental health care services are available, the vast majority of students suffering from depression and other mental health issues do not utilize them; one important reason is stigma. More efforts are needed to find effective ways to reduce stigma associated with mental health care among college students.

Students from University of Southern California took the challenge. Kindly watch their winning video which claimed the top spot in the competition. Congratulations, USC!

See other finalists’ video entry. Click name of participating university below.

1. University of Malaya (Malaysia)

2. Gadjah Mada University (Indonesia)

3. Our Lady of Fatima University (Philippines)


Register now for the 2018 APRU Global Health Case Competition! Three videos will be chosen by an international panel of judges for the final round to be shown at the APRU GH annual workshop in Malaysia in October 2018. The winning team will be announced at the workshop and a prize of US$500 will be awarded.

Please read through the information below and register using the form at the bottom of the page.


  • MARCH 25– Deadline for universities to register teams
  • APRIL 1– Case challenge sent out via email at 11:59am Pacific Time
  • APRIL 30– Final video submissions due by 11:59am Pacific Time
  • JULY 15– Three finalist teams announced via email
  • OCT 30– Final competition held at the APRU GH annual workshop


  • There is no cost to participate.


  • A representative from each team must register by March 25, 2018 at 11:59am Pacific Time through our online registration system.
  • Any university in any country may compete.
  • Universities are encouraged to hold their own internal competition to decide on the teams that will represent the university in the APRU-wide competition.
  • A maximum of 5 teams per university will be eligible to participate (on a first-come, first-serve basis)
  • Universities are encouraged to provide funding to attend the finals at the annual workshop if their team is selected as one of the three finalists.
  • Universities are requested to provide basic mentorship to their team. However, the project idea and final project must be developed by students.


  • The team must be comprised of currently enrolled university students (as of April 2018). Students of all disciplines and stages in their training are welcome including undergraduate, graduate and medical students.
  • Postdoctoral students and medical residents/interns are not eligible. Individuals holding faculty appointments also do 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 2018 conference in Malaysia on Oct 30, 2018.
  • 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 workshop.


For competing teams, please submit the following materials by email by April 30 at 11:59am Pacific Time to mwithers@usc.edu.  

  • Provide a link to your video on YouTube or Vimeo (no more than 10 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 2018 (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, medical, etc.) for each team member. If your university is submitting more than one team, please make sure to clearly identify which Team # you are.
  • 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.
  • All teams automatically grant permission for APRU to screen their videos at the workshop and to post their videos on our website.




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 limit (10 minutes).

Registration is now closed.