2020 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 about twelve 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, Vimeo, Bilibili or any similar platform 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 Shanghai, China — Oct 18-21, 2020. The winning team will be announced at the conference and a prize of US$500 will be awarded.


·       APRIL 2 – Case challenge sent out via email

(CHALLENGE OPEN from April 2-July 1, 2020)

·       JUNE 24 – Deadline for universities to register teams by 11:59 pm Pacific Time
(Teams registering after April 2 will still only have until July 1 to submit their videos. The challenge will be sent to the registrants within 24 hours.)

·       JULY 1 – Final video submissions due by 11:59 pm Pacific Time

·       AUGUST 15 – Three finalist teams announced via email

·       OCT 18 –  Final competition held at the APRU GH annual workshop


·       A representative from each team must register by JUNE 24, 2020 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time through our online registration system. Teams can register themselves or the university can announce that they will decide which teams to register.

·   All team members must come from the same university.

·       Any university in any country may compete. There is no cost to participate. Membership in APRU is not required.

·       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. Some travel assistance may be available.

·       We highly recommend that teams use microphones when filming. And we encourage the use of subtitles when the language is not English (for example in an interview)


·       The team must be comprised of currently enrolled university students (as of May 2020). 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 do not qualify.

·       The teams must be comprised of 4-6 students. Changes can be made to the team after registration. But an email must be sent to Dr. Withers at mwithers@usc.edu informing about the changes prior to the competition deadline.

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 Shanghai, China on Oct 18, 2020.

·       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 July 1 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time to mwithers@usc.edu.

·       Provide a link to your  video on YouTube, Vimeo, Bilibili, or similar site

·       Videos MUST be 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 (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, medical, etc.) for each team member. Please make sure to clearly identify which team name 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.

·       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 the
problem and target community. Clearly highlights
the 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
addressing the case prompt.
4.Provides clear justification for the proposed
solution and approach, and cites relevant
5.Provides clear justification for choice of target
population and focus.
6.Demonstrates cultural competency in the proposed
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 and expected
9.Demonstrates consideration of cost and includes a
10. Proposal is resourceful. Demonstrates plans for
11. Includes realistic timeline.
12. Overall professionalism and creativity of the video
and presentation delivery.
13.Visual aids are well prepared, informative, effective,
imaginative, with few typos.
14.Information is well-organized and presented in a logical sequence.
15.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.
16.Assignment instructions were followed, including active
participation from all team members, and length of
presentation is within time limit (10 minutes).