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Collage of four teams from the 2023 case competition.

 

October 21 – October 24, 2024
Registration will open on May 1, 2024

The Penn State Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Virtual Case Competition, hosted by the Department of Health Policy and Administration and sponsored by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will feature the opportunity for students from any University to solve a current healthcare challenge. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will use proposed solutions to make a difference in the communities they serve.

This event is  virtual, providing a cost-effective opportunity for students in health administration and related programs from across the country. Avoid travel costs, and apply classroom learning to a real-world case, while honing your problem-solving and presentation skills. 

There are three categories for  the  competition. There is a limit of 25 teams per category with 3-4 students/team. Students from programs in health administration, health policy, public health, or related fields are eligible to participate.

Categories

  • Residential and Online Undergraduate Health Policy and Administration or related program
  • Residential Master of Health Administration or related program 
  • Online Master of Health Administration or related program

Agenda

Monday, October 21 – Case Drop

  • 8:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 22 – Case Presentation Submission

  • Submit by 11:59 p.m.

Wednesday, October 23 – 1st and 2nd Round Presentations

  • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Welcome
  • 8:30 a.m. – Noon: Round 1 Case Presentations
  • 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Round 2 Case Presentation
  • 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Judges' Deliberations
  • 4:30 p.m.: Finalists announced

Thursday, October 24 – Finalists' Presentations and Awards

  • 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Welcome finalists and Penn State Health judges

  • 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Finalist presentations

Prizes

  • 1st Place Team $2,000
  • 2nd Place Team $1,500
  • 3rd Place Team $1,000

Fees

  • $250 registration fee for each team, with a limit of two teams per school.
  • $125 discounted registration fee for the second team.
  • No additional cost for faculty advisers.

 Registration  

Registration will open on May 1, 2024

The registrant’s name and contact information on this form will serve as the main contact for the team and will receive any/all communications from Penn State University regarding the competition.

Contact Information

pennstatehpa@psu.edu
(814) 865-0631

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Our program wants to register but we don't have the names of our team members until the start of the school year. Can we still register? icon-olus-circle

You may register by the name of your program and your college/university. A separate link will be sent later for you to provide the names of your team members.

Is there a waiting list for teams that don't make the deadline? icon-olus-circle

Our registration system will track the order of teams that don't meet the deadline. If there are any teams that cancel, we will reach out in order to those on the waiting list.

Can our team have a student observer? icon-olus-circle

One of your four team members can act as an observer, but they are NOT allowed to work on the case. You may not have any less than three active team members. 

What are the criteria for judging? icon-olus-circle
  • Presentation style
  • Strength of your slide deck
  • Feasibility of your solution
  • Responses during Q&A
What is the role of the faculty adviser? icon-olus-circle

Your faculty adviser can coach the team on presentation style and help you practice Q&A. They may not provide recommendations for your solution.

Will the judges know which team is from which college or university? icon-olus-circle

During the competition, participating schools will be recognized by a letter and number. Your PowerPoint presentation must not have any reference to a team’s university or college. Team members may not wear any logos or other signifiers of their program.

Previous Competition Winners

2023 Case Competition Winners icon-olus-circle

Undergraduate Programs

  • 1st place: Sanya Patel, Georgia Glidden, Angelique Flores, Tiffany Rusnok – Loyola University Chicago
  • 2nd place: Sabrina Lee, Nina Royer, Stephen Ciccarone, Elijah Beard – Penn State
  • 3rd place: Nana Keita, Mandy Prescott, Angelina Colucci, Paige Myers – Penn State

Residential MHA Programs

  • 1st place: Tanyon Loose, Alex Reidel, Hubert Zhou, Keshaav Krishnaa P – Cornell University
  • 2nd place: Alexandra Voisey, Ezra Washington Gore, Josef Saway, George Fereg – University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 3rd place: Esther Ruedi, Marjorie Lutz, Kent Turner, Chris Ervin – Army Baylor University

Online MHA Programs

  • 1st place: Abby Anderson, Michael Vieyra, Sarah Earley – George Washington University
  • 2nd place: Harshitha Ramanan, Conner Bartley, Alycia Ford – Duquesne University
  • 3rd place: Jiwon Yang, Yudamis Rodriguez, Pontea Allen – University of the Incarnate Word
2022 Internal Case Competition Winners icon-olus-circle

RMHA Winners

1st place

Judith Daniel, Rebecca Ganthier, Romil Upadhyay

2nd place

Amey Udar, Hannah Earley, Katherine Aiken, Michael Manyak

3rd place

Aarathi Kallur, Daniel Ackiewicz, Meghan McNulty, Smita Disale

Online MHA

1st place

Christopher Sweigart, Madison Carr, Ryan Roth

2nd place

Allison L'Esperance, Anita Dong, Kelsey Sims

3rd place

Alexandra Hitchens, Faith Readinger, Isabella Kronau

Undergraduate 

1st place

Aimee Asante, Hanna Golden, Malia Diakite, Sarah Manna

2nd place

Caroline Adams, Madelyn Oates, Samantha Kenny, Zhi Xin Zou

3rd place

Anastasiya Kovalenko, Ben Johnson, Francesca Mbibouth, Sergio Visco

2021 Case Competition Winners icon-olus-circle

Undergraduate Programs 

1st place

Danielle King, Kirsten Morey, Gabrielle Mifsud, Makayla Wiltse, Central Michigan University 

2nd place

Daniela Rizzi, Sophia Barnard, Farah Elhoumaidi, Loyola University, Chicago 

3rd place

Samantha Bobinski, Michael Volpe, Janvee Patel, University of Scranton

Best Presence During Q&A

 Gabby Mifsud, Central Michigan University 

First-Year MHA Programs 

1st place

Brenna Hill, Atikah Munnee, Eryn Burnett, University of Southern California  

2nd place

Kaitlyn Apodaca, Elizabeth James, Anthony Moscato, George Washington University 

3rd place

Jackson Pettus, Kyle McLaughlin, Madelyn Vera, A.J. Jarman, University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Best Presence During Q&A

A.J. Jarman, University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Online MHA Programs 

1st place

Daniel Fessler, Dominique Martino, Bunty Shah, Penn State University 

2nd place

Tara Hank, Shauna Jacobs, Karen Maselli, Blayne Roach, Penn State University 

3rd place

Keith Duemling, Beverlee McDowell-Franceschi, Benjamin Munoz, Penn State University 

Best Presence During Q&A

Kirstyn Nero, George Mason University

 

Participating Universities

Thank you to the following universities who participated in the 2021 event!

  • Boston University
  • Texas State University
  • Central Michigan University
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Columbia University
  • University of Florida
  • Cornell University
  • University of Houston, Clear Lake
  • George Mason University
  • University of North Florida
  • George Washington University
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • Loyola University
  • University of Scranton
  • Penn State University
  • University of the Incarnate Word
  • Rutgers University
  • University of Southern California
  • Texas A&M University