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 will receive a challenge relating to a pressing global health problem. Teams are given eight weeks to prepare a 10-minute video 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 Shanghai from Oct 18-21, 2020. Conference participants will be asked to vote on the videos.


·       MARCH 13 – Case challenge sent out via email at 11:59am Pacific Time

(CHALLENGE OPEN from March 13-May 8, 2020)

·       MAY 1 – Deadline for universities to register teams (teams registering after March 13 will still only have until May 8th to submit their videos)

·       MAY 8 – Final video submissions due by 11:59am Pacific Time

·       JULY 1 – 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 MAY 1, 2020 at 11:59pm 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 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. 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 Shanghai, China on Oct 21, 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 May 8 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 May 2020 (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. If your team members are different than the names you registered with, please send us an email to let us know.

·       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.