What is a case competition?
The purpose of a case competition is to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the intricacies of real-world global health problems and to creatively develop potential solutions to address them. This is a unique learning opportunity for anyone planning to pursue a career in global health, policy, business, or international development. We hope that this event will provide students with an opportunity to experience critical thinking outside of the classroom, practicing problem-based learning and multi-sectoral thinking. Such learning strategies have long been implemented in other disciplines and have proven to be highly effective. This initiative has revolutionized global health education at the University of Toronto and beyond.
In brief, the case competition works as follows: two weeks prior to the competition, the case guide will be emailed to all teams. On the Work Day (Saturday), work rooms will be offered to teams, where they will have the opportunity to meet with mentors and work on the case. On the second day of the competition (Sunday), teams will present their solutions to our panel of experienced judges.
Although the concept of ‘case competitions’ initially originated from North American business schools, the Global Health discipline has successfully used this platform to build capacity in and interdisciplinary knowledge of solutions to pressing global health issues. Emory University organized its first global health case competition in 2012, and has continued since then.
Who is eligible?
All university and college students, including graduate, professional, and undergraduate students, are eligible to participate in the 2018 Toronto Thinks Global Health Case Competition. There are no limits on delegate age or level of education. Register here!
How do I prepare?
No prior experience and/or education in global health is required. Please ensure that you have read the case guide prior to the competition weekend. Although additional preparation is not required, teams may find it useful to practice their skills using a case from another global health case competition. We also encourage teams to do an internal skills assessment and identify potential resources/contacts for use during the case competition itself. If you have any questions about preparation, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What will the case be about?
Past Toronto Thinks Global Health Case Competition topics have included:
- maternal mortality in Afghanistan,
- tobacco use among children in Indonesia,
- and monitoring tuberculosis in Ukraine.
Future topics could be focused on global health policy, environmental and/or business issues.
What will the event include?
The event will include fantastic prizes for competition winners, mentorship, interaction and feedback from judges, work rooms, reception on Sunday as well as meals throughout the weekend (breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday/Sunday). More details to come as the event approaches!
How much does it cost?
- Dalla Lana School of Public Health students: $100 per team
- Other U of T students (graduate, professional, and undergraduate): $100 per team early bird rate
- Students from colleges and other universities: $125 per team
How do I find teammates?
Students are welcome to form their own teams. If you would like to register but need to find teammates, please add your contact information to our easy Google Doc. Please note that registration is only accepted on a team-by-team basis––you may not register as an individual.
For more information about past Toronto Thinks Case Competitions please visit our Facebook page.