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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Aparna Ramani: Social justice warrior and award winner 

Aparna Ramani: Social justice warrior and award winner

In recognition of her dedication to promoting social justice across the University of Pittsburgh and the broader community, Aparna Ramani (HPM ’23), has been awarded this year’s Iris Marion Young Award for Political Engagement. The award, created in memory of philosopher and social theorist Iris Yo... (11/23/2021)
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Advocating for affordable health care landed these Pitt people invitations to the White House 

Advocating for affordable health care landed these Pitt people invitations to the White House

PITTWIRE - HPM's Amy Raslevich received an invitation to attend President Joe Biden’s April 5 signing of the Executive Order on Strengthening Access to the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid at the White House.  The event also marked President Obama’s first public return to the White House since leav... (04/06/2022)
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HPM doctoral student receives FaceTime call from President Obama 

HPM doctoral student receives FaceTime call from President Obama

“It was honestly an utter surprise, but at least I was dressed professionally because I had recorded my three-minute thesis submission that day!” – Amy Raslevich HPM doctoral student Amy Raslevich had a live FaceTime call with former president Barack Obama on March 23. To mark the 12th anniv... (03/24/2022)
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Meet Aparna Ramani, Health Justice Scholar 

Meet Aparna Ramani, Health Justice Scholar

“The most exciting aspect of my work is the continued mentorship, guidance, and community within the health advocacy space. As someone who has gained much insight from experienced researchers and community leaders, I hope to pass on my wisdom as a peer mentor to future public health professionals,”... (11/15/2021)
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Dean’s Day 2022 DEI Award, Doctoral Category: Donald Bourne 

Dean’s Day 2022 DEI Award, Doctoral Category: Donald Bourne

HPM student Donald Bourne won the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award, Doctoral Level for the project, “Changes in Medication Utilization and Adherence Associated with Homeless Adults’ Entry into Permanent Supportive Housing”. (05/09/2022)
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Meet Public Health Genetics Alum Haley Director 

Meet Public Health Genetics Alum Haley Director

"To me, public health genetics is the intersection of genomics research and population health. I've benefited from public health genetics through the carrier screening program for Ashkenazi Jews, so I know firsthand the impact and importance of public health genetics."  (05/24/2022)
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