Dornsife Public Health Case Competition
The Public Health Case Competition, developed by the Office of Public Health Practice at the Dornsife School of Public Health (DSPH), is open to all DSPH undergraduate, MS, and MPH students who want to engage in a unique learning experience, address a Philadelphia public health problem in a team environment, and have a chance to win prize money!
The annual competition brings together up to ten interdisciplinary teams of four or five students to create innovative solutions to address a real-life public health issue impacting Philly.
Over just two weeks, teams collaborate effectively and quickly before presenting their intervention to a panel of judges on competition day.
The 2021 Case Competition is on Thursday, February 18, 2021. The Q&A session with the judges will be from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and the awards ceremony will be held at 5:00 pm.
Case Competition Registration
Registration opened on Tuesday, January 19!
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- Graduate Winning Team: $1000 per team
- Undergraduate Winning Team: $1000 per team
- Honorable Mention (may be a graduate or undergraduate team): $500 per team
- People’s Choice Award: $500 per team
January 19, 2021 – Registration Open
January 24, 2021 at 11:59 pm – Registration Closes
January 27, 2021 – Team selections will be announced
February 1, 2021 at 9:00 am – Competition topic and booklet released to teams
February 18, 2021 – Case Competition Day
Frequently Asked Questions about the Case Competition
Registration Period (January 19 - January 24)
What should I do if I have one or two people for my team but not a full team?
You can register as a partial team.
If you register as an individual, will you be in a team of 4 or 5?
Yes. The Practice Office will build teams using a lottery system if you register as an individual or partial team.
Will teams that have 5 people have priority over teams with 4 or partial teams?
No, it will completely be a lottery system.
Were there a lot of people last year who couldn’t participate because of the lottery system?
Last year we did first-come first-served, but we chose to do a lottery system this year due to the complex nature of matching teams on a first-come first-served basis.
If I get selected to participate, do I have to confirm that I want to take part in the competition?
Yes, each team member must confirm their participation by midnight on January 29 or their spot will be given to someone on the wait list.
Deliverables and Competition Period (February - February 18)
What are the deliverables?
There will be 2 deliverables: One graphic deliverable and one written deliverable. Then students will participate in a Q&A session for judging on Thursday, February 18 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm.
How many times are you able to meet with your team's mentor?
2 times for an hour each. Mentors will be matched with teams randomly. We have mentors from all departments. Students should go to mentors with specific questions, not for help with ideas.
Competition Day (February 18)
What if I can’t come to Competition Day?
Only 2 team members are required to participate on Competition Day in the Q&A session (Thursday, February 18 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm). At least 1 team member must be present for the awards ceremony at 5:00 pm. We encourage as many to participate as possible, but we understand that there may be conflicts with class, work, etc.
How much time will be given to answer questions from the judges on Competition Day?
There will be 7 minutes of questions from the judges.
How many judges will there be?
There will be 3 judges. The judges will be Dornsife faculty members.
Will we be able to watch other teams?
Judging will be private. We’re going to have more teams this year, so it will be a longer day. The Practice Office may decide to record sessions so that they are publicly available, but we haven’t decided yet. There will be an awards ceremony at 5:00 pm on Competition Day, and everyone will be able to attend.
For More Information
Watch virtual information session
If you have additional questions please contact Jordan Wood at email@example.com.
Read about our first annual Public Health Student Case Competition, held in January 2020.