Dornsife Public Health Case Competition
The Public Health Case Competition, developed by the Center for 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 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.
Read about the third annual case competition, which was held on February 16, 2022. The topic was protecting vulnerable populations from extreme heat events.
Stay tuned for information on the 2023 competition.
Each team is tasked with creating a pamphlet or poster that communicates to a Philly neighborhood how they can stay protected during a heat emergency.
View the posters created by teams during the third annual competition.
- Winning Team: $1000 per team
- Honorable Mention: $500 per team
- People’s Choice Award: $500 per team
Frequently Asked Questions about the Case Competition
Questions about how the case competition works? Watch a recording of the information session (passcode: tJ$5gs=d) led by Tariem Burroughs.
What should I do if I have one or two people for my team but not a full team of 4 or 5?
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?
The first year we did first-come first-served, but last year 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 or their spot will be given to someone on the wait list.
Deliverables and Competition Period
What are the deliverables?
There will be 2 deliverables: One graphic deliverable and one written deliverable. Each team will have 10 minutes to present followed by a short Q&A from the judges.
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.
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 and the awards ceremony. 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. The Practice Office may decide to record sessions so that they are publicly available, but we haven’t decided yet. There will be a virtual awards ceremony on Competition Day, and everyone will be able to attend.
If you have additional questions please contact Tariem Burroughs.
Read about our first annual Public Health Student Case Competition, held in January 2020, in which teams were asked to find solutions to mitigate the potential negative public health impacts of the 2019 Hahnemann Hospital closure in Philadelphia.
In the second annual Public Health Student Case Competition, held in February 2021, teams addressed COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and created an outreach plan for a targeted community in Philadelphia.