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.

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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Maira Undavalli (MHA '20), NYU Langone Fellow 

Maira Undavalli (MHA '20), NYU Langone Fellow

I applied to the NYU Langone Fellowship because I was amazed at how well their hospital services reflected the community needs of their diverse populations. I wanted to build a career with one of the best health systems in the nation that put a significant focus on innovation and strategy with the ... (02/04/2020)
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Mike Whalen (MHA '20), OhioHealth Administrative Fellow 

Mike Whalen (MHA '20), OhioHealth Administrative Fellow

After graduating, I’ll be starting as an Administrative Fellow with OhioHealth, Central Ohio’s largest health system. I’ll be placed in the OhioHealth Physician Group, which includes providers across over 250 physician offices. OhioHealth has been named to Fortune’s list of the “100 Best Companies ... (02/04/2020)
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Erika Garrison (MHA/MBA '20), UPMC Fellow 

Erika Garrison (MHA/MBA '20), UPMC Fellow

I chose the fellowship at UPMC because it is a national leader in health care and has exciting growth in the future. I wanted to be part of an organization that shared similar values and truly lived out those values. One of the biggest factors in my decision was my experience in my residency at UPM... (02/04/2020)
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Megan Preti (MHA '20), University of Virginia Health System Fellow 

Megan Preti (MHA '20), University of Virginia Health System Fellow

The UVAHealth System Fellowship was my top choice, because it is both an academic medical center and one of the best hospitals in the state of Virginia. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, and I wanted the chance to give back to the community I had called home for fou... (02/04/2020)
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Ritu Pathak (MHA '20), UPMC Insurance Division Administrative Fellow 

Ritu Pathak (MHA '20), UPMC Insurance Division Administrative Fellow

My aspiration to pursue UPMC’s Insurance Administrative Fellowship was due to their unwavering focus on career development. Continuous education and a constant learning environment represent UPMC’s drive towards excellence in every facet. During my search for potential fellowships to apply for, I d... (02/04/2020)
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Roberts and Hoffman featured in Hulu documentary on anti-vaccine movement 

Roberts and Hoffman featured in Hulu documentary on anti-vaccine movement

HULU - Available now on the streaming service, Vice Investigates “Anti-Vaxx Fever” explores the growing anti-vaccine movement. The documentary features in-depth looks at the varied work of professor Mark Roberts and of student Beth Hoffman (BCHS ’19 ’23). Each uses system science methods to investi... (02/26/2020)
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