2019 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 of 4-6 students will receive a challenge relating to a pressing global health problem. Teams will be given up to EIGHT weeks to prepare a video of up to 10 minutes 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 an international panel of APRU Global Health Program members and other global expert judges.

Three videos will be chosen by an international panel of judges for the final round, which will be held at the APRU GH Annual Conference in Hong Kong on Nov 19, 2019. Conference participants will be asked to vote on the videos. This score and the judges’ combined score will each count for 50% of the final score to decide the winning team. The winning team will be announced at the conference and a prize of US$500 will be awarded.


  • MARCH 15 – Case challenge sent out via email at 11:59am Pacific Time

  (CHALLENGE OPEN from March 15-May 10, 2019)

  • APRIL 15 – Deadline for universities to register teams (teams registering after March 15 will still only have until May 10th to submit their videos)
  • MAY 10 – Final video submissions due by 11:59am Pacific Time
  • JULY 15 – Three finalist teams announced via email
  • NOV 19 –  Final competition held at the APRU GH annual workshop


  • There is no cost to participate.


  • A representative from each team must register by April 15, 2019 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 2019). 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. However, medical students that do not yet have their medical degrees awarded are eligible.
  • Individuals holding faculty appointments also do not qualify.
  • The teams must be comprised of 4-6 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 APRU Global Health Program’s annual conference in Hong Kong on Nov 19, 2019.
  • A prize of US$500 will be awarded to the team.
  • Student teams 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 May 10 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 2019 (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.


Part I – The Program

Demonstrates background knowledge of problem and target community.  Clearly highlights challenge and the current context in which this problem has arisen.
Introduction is attention-getting, lays out the problem well, and establishes a framework for the rest of the presentation.
Proposes a creative, original, innovative solution adequately addressing the case prompt.
Provides clear justification for the proposed solution and approach.
Provides clear justification for choice of country, community, and focus.
Demonstrates cultural competency in the proposed solution.
Describes impact. (Who will benefit and what is the expected health impact? Will it logically produce the expected impact?)
Demonstrates a realistic, feasible approach (explains practicality of the solution)
Demonstrates consideration of cost and includes a budget.
Proposal is resourceful. Demonstrates plans for sustainability.  Includes timeline.

Part 2 – Organization and Overall Presentation

Overall creativity of the video and presentation delivery.
Visual aids are well prepared, informative, effective, imaginative, with few typos.
Information is well-organized and presented in a logical sequence.
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.
Assignment instructions were followed- including active participation from all team members, and length of presentation is within time limit (10 minutes).