Taking on the global health challenge

November 15 / 171

The 2016 Emory Case Competition team has been selected, and the group has until March to get ready for a global health challenge in Atlanta, USA.


The competition was developed in 2009 at Emory University, and each year draws teams of students from around the world for a week-long event. 

Each student must give an impromptu speech on a randomly chosen global health topic, and are then allocated into teams and given a complex global health problem - or case - to prepare and share with other participants one week later.

The case could be anything from restructuring a global institution (2014 case topic was how to reorganise the World Health Organization) to gun crime (2015 case topic was on reducing gun crime in Honduras). 

This year’s team includes: Doctor of Medicine student Vishal Punwani, Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences PhD student Jennifer Lacy-Nichols, Masters of Public Health student Mashaal Chaudhri, School of Government Master of International Relations student Anna Ong, Master of Public Policy and Management student Chirag Agarwal, and Masters of Professional and Applied Ethics student Matt Keane.

“The interdisciplinary makeup of the team is not a token gesture, but rather it’s a strength for the team to have students not only in global or public health, but also across law, commerce, politics, agriculture,” said Professor Phil Batterham, who, with Dr Nick Thomson from the School of Population and Global Health, has coached the team and been a champion of the University’s participation in the event.

Under Professor Batterham’s leadership, and with financial support from the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, interest in the competition has steadily grown. 

Follow the progress of Team Unimelb on their blog and twitter

Story by Lisa Mamone.

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