The children of Monrovia in Liberia are in dire need. Some have lost family during the Ebola epidemic, some have suffered from anxieties related to poverty, and some have witnessed abuse in their families or in the community. In a country with infrastructure already severely weakened by a civil war a decade earlier, the Ebola epidemic had left the healthcare system in disarray. Understandably there are extremely serious mental health issues. You must develop a culturally sensitive approach that will effectively address the problem of children’s mental health. You need to present a long-term vision along with a detailed implementation plan for the first year. Your budget is $1 million (USD). You have one week.
This was the one of the challenges faced by University of Melbourne students as part of the Emory Morningside Global Health Case Competition in Atlanta, USA. Each year, six postgraduate students from the Melbourne Global Health Case Competition are selected to represent the University the following year in the Emory Morningside Global Health Case Competition. The students must draw on their various disciplines to develop an innovative solution to a significant global health challenge.
Competing teams are given a complex case to address, intensively researching and developing their solution before making a public presentation before a distinguished panel of judges. In past years, Melbourne teams have performed superbly against teams from over 30 other elite universities. In 2019, the Melbourne team won the competition for the first time.
The competition normally runs with the competing teams on-site in Atlanta, USA for a week in March. In 2021 the competition was run online and the Melbourne team was accommodated with full-board on Mornington Peninsula for the duration of the competition to focus on their case response, working in an extremely pleasant environment. Similar arrangements will be put in place if the competition is held online in 2022. If overseas travel is permitted in March 2022, then the costs of airfare, accommodation and most meals will be covered.
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Have you got what it takes to solve a global health problem? The University of Melbourne will select six postgraduate students to compete in the Emory Global Health Case Competition, and you could be one of them.
Our 2022 Melbourne Team
Our 2022 Melbourne team will need students from diverse academic backgrounds, as global health goes far beyond medicine. Factors such as food and water quality, education, economics, human rights and good government are all health influencers, as described in the recently adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals.
The team will be selected from participants in the University of Melbourne Global Health Case Competition held on Monday 11 October 2021.
Emory and Melbourne Competitions
In both the Emory and Melbourne competitions, teams of up to six students will be given a major global health problem to work on over several days. Students will then present their strategy to address the problem before a panel of judges.
A diversity of academic backgrounds and life experiences is the basis for a winning team. Students from all postgraduate degrees at the University are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be placed into teams for the Melbourne competition.
University of Melbourne Global Health Case Competition
Members of the team that wins the University of Melbourne Global Health Case Competition will receive a cash prize of $300 each. Members of the second placed team will receive a cash prize of $150 each.
Emory Global Health Case Competition
Our Emory Global Health Case Competition team will be selected from the teams that present their case responses in the Melbourne competition. The University of Melbourne will accommodate our team at a location on the Mornington Peninsula so that they can focus on their case response, providing a pleasant environment to work and covering the cost of meals. The team will be accompanied and supported by an academic mentor. There are cash prizes for the top six teams - the team that finishes first will receive $6,000 (US), while the team that finishes sixth will receive $1,000 (US).
Applications are now open and will close on Friday 3 September at 5:00pm.
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Applications are due by Friday 3 September at 5:00pm and applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by Friday 10 September.
2021 Melbourne Competition
Monday 11 October 2021
2022 Emory Competition
TBA (March 2022)