Case Competitions

Students in the Pitt MHA program are given the opportunity to participate in a number of case competitions throughout each academic year. These competitions serve as a means to encourage and support the continued professional development of our students. The case competitions allow our students to develop their competencies while competing directly against students from many of the other top graduate programs from around the country. 

The different competitions vary in their timing, structure, and focus, thereby providing a diverse set of opportunities for our students. In total, we currently participate in six case competitions offered around the country. Two competitions focus exclusively on first-year graduate students, and the remainder focus on the more experienced graduate students. 

In most cases, we select teams of interested students who have complementary skill sets, thereby creating a more effective, balanced, and cohesive team. In all six of these case competitions, the Department of Health Policy and Management covers all costs, including registration fees, travel costs, food, etc. Whenever the students win individual or team prizes, the student participants get to keep the prize winnings.

Pitt students have been very competitive in case competitions. The student teams highlighted here are just a recent example of our success in these case competitions.

A Conversation with MPH student Amanda Cruce

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Amanda Cruce is a BCHS MPH student in a joint Social Work PhD program whose role models in community and public health are the individuals and families that are impacted by the work. She believes that both community and public health are best implemented when impacted groups are involved in the whole process. Their voice, lives, and health depend on an imperfect system and are the real heroes!  

HPM students participate in UAB Case Competition

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Three students from the Department of Health Policy and Management, Brandon Trumbull (HPM ’19), Karl Gibson (HPM ’19), and Emily Joseph (HPM ’20), participated in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Health Administration Case Competition in February 2019.  

HPM students place in top 16 in Cleveland Clinic Case Competition

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The Cleveland Clinic held its 6 th MBA/MHA Case Competition in April 2019. Teams of graduate students submitted cases about growth strategy recommendations for the Cleveland Clinic + Oscar Health product in mid-February, hoping to earn a spot amongst the top 16 teams  

HPM students take home second place at Penn State University Health Care Management Case Competition

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Nolan Cianci (HPM ’21), Mara Menk (HPM ’22), and Devin Strynkowski (HPM ’21), coached by MPH program director and HPM faculty member Elizabeth Van Nostrand, placed 2 nd in the Penn State University Health Care Management Case Competition  

HPM students place 2nd among top competitors at Robbins Case Competition

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Zack Zambrano (HPM ’20), Megan Preti (HPM ’20), and Jordan McBride (HPM ’21) placed 2 nd at the 5 th Annual Robbins Case Competition in Healthcare Management at Baylor University  

Garrison, Abdi, Litam win first place nationally in Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition

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Erika Garrison (MHA/MBA '20), Ilham Abdi (MHA '20), and Terrance Litam (MHA '20) took top honors in NAHSE's case competition held in Washington, DC. Competing among 29 teams representing the nation's top programs, the Pitt students developed a plan to address the health care needs of San Francisco's homeless population. "The team did an amazing job of preparing a creative and comprehensive solution, delivering their presentation in a very profes... 

Pitt Public Health students gain "invaluable" experience during NAHSE case competition

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The NAHSE case competition is a scholarship program for students in health administration, business administration and public health. The team members were ABBY MONYEI (HPM '19), KEXIN CHEN (HPM '19) and DEBORAH WOKPETAH (HPM '20). "They really enjoyed the opportunity to develop their competencies during the competition... Plus, the networking during the NAHSE conference was invaluable for them," said HPM's KEVIN BROOM.   

A Note To Prospective Students

We seek prospective students who are competitive, enjoy networking, seek opportunities to interact with executives, and have a desire to represent the University.

Students demonstrating these interests are well suited for pursuing their graduate studies at Pitt (and being on our case competition teams).

Our goal is to provide any interested Pitt MHA student at least one opportunity (to compete or observe) to participate in a case competition during their time in the program.

HPM Student News

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Award recipients for 2021's CPHP Translation and Cartier Ulrich Award 

Award recipients for 2021's CPHP Translation and Cartier Ulrich Award

In conjunction with Dean's Day, Praveen Kumar (HPM '21) and Alexander Sundermann (EPI '22) received the Center for Public Health Practice Award for Translation and Application of Research to Public Health Policy and Practice. In addition, Darien Beall (EPI '21) and Stephanie Christian (BCHS '23) we... (04/26/2021)
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Cornelio awarded Dissertation Grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality 

Cornelio awarded Dissertation Grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality

Noelle Cornelio (HPM '22) was awarded a Health Services Research Dissertation R36 grant from AHRQ to support her dissertation project, "Impact of Medicaid Policies on Low-Income Medicare Beneficiaries: Evidence from State Reforms." Approximately 12 million low-income Medicare beneficiaries are dual... (09/20/2021)
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A fun, rewarding way to give back and make the public healthier 

A fun, rewarding way to give back and make the public healthier

EPI's Nancy Glynn (EPI '94) is the PittCoVax volunteer coordinator and has volunteered herself with students and staff from Pitt Public Health. "I was thrilled to work side-by-side with an awesome, energetic group of faculty, staff, and students," said Glynn. She also talked about building communit... (05/20/2021)
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Dean's Day 2021 HPM department award recipients 

Dean's Day 2021 HPM department award recipients

Anna Patterson (HPM '21) won the master's level award and Amy Raslevich (HPM '22) wont the doctoral level award.  (04/26/2021)
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Glynn on the Impact if the Medicare Eligibility Age is Lowered to 60 

Glynn on the Impact if the Medicare Eligibility Age is Lowered to 60

HEALTHLINE - The plan is still vague, so it's "hard to tell (yet) who will actually be affected," Alexandra Glynn (HPM '23) told Healthline. She does feel there are ways that it could be beneficial, pointing out that people with high copays and deductibles tend to skip tests and regular physical ex... (07/16/2021)
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Meet Amy Raslevich, Health Justice Scholar 

Meet Amy Raslevich, Health Justice Scholar

“I am honored to be a part of the Health Justices Scholars program to continue learning racial health equity frameworks and approaches, and to expand my network in the region as we work to break down silos related to the social determinants of health and to improving the health system for those for... (11/15/2021)
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