2023 Global Health Virtual Case Competition

We are having the 8th annual APRU Global Health Virtual Case Competition this 2023. Are you up for the challenge?  


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 3-6 students will receive a challenge relating to a pressing global health problem. Teams will be given up to 12 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 as part of our annual conference in Oct 2023. The winning team will be announced at the conference and a prize of US$1,000 will be awarded.


  • January 13 – Registration open 
  • March 10 – Case challenge sent out via email at 11:59am Pacific Time or posted here.
  • April 21 – Deadline to register teams (teams registering after March 10 will still only have until June 2 to submit their videos)
  • June 2 – Final video submissions due by 11:59pm Pacific Time
  • August 10 – Three finalist teams announced via email
  • October 27 – Final judging of competition held during an APRU GH virtual event.


  • There is no cost to participate.
  • All team members must come from the same university. There is no maximum number of teams per each university. Students are allowed to be part of more than one team.
  • All teams must come from APRU member universities.  Membership in APRU is required. To determine if your university is an APRU member, please visit: Members – APRU
  • A representative from each team must register the team by April 21, 2023 at 11:59am Pacific Time through our online registration system. 
  • The team must be comprised of currently enrolled university students (as of April 2023). 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 3-6 students. Changes can be made to the team members 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 online in October 2023.
  • A prize of US$1,000 will be awarded to the winning team.
  • All students who participate will receive a certificate of participation via email.


For competing teams, please submit the following materials by email by June 2 at 11:59pm Pacific Time to mwithers@usc.edu.

  • Provide a link to your video on YouTube, Vimeo, Bilibili or similar site. 
  • Video MUST be no more than 10 mins or it will not be eligible.
  • 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 your team name. 
  • PowerPoint slides, animations, or other audiovisuals should be used in conjunction with the oral presentation.
  • All team members should appear on the video at some point and should actively participate in the development of the proposal. 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 for an unlimited time.