For the second year in a row, an inter-professional team of Penn State students has been selected to participate in the 2019 International Emory Global Health Case Competition in Atlanta. The case competition provides students hand-on experience and realistic simulations of what it would be like to play a role in solving an existing or emerging public health crisis anywhere around the world.
“We are thrilled to have the opportunity for Penn State students to participate in this global health case competition again this year. It is a fantastic opportunity for our students to apply knowledge from their professional area and their skills in problem solving to meaningful global health challenges,” said Dr. Kristin Sznajder, assistant professor of public health sciences and associate director of international initiatives at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey.
Penn State’s team is comprised of Gabrielle Gundermann, Taylor Beth Haddad, Ryan Kingshill, Sarah Peiffer, Paddy Ssentongo and Yanxu Yang. The group has diverse background in public health, medicine, biobehavioral health, law, and epidemiology. The students, mentored by Dr. Sznajder, are enrolled in a range of degree programs at University Park, Hershey and Dickinson Law campuses.
This year’s team will compete in the annual event, hosted on the campus of Emory University on March 15-16. The top-ranking group, out of 30, will be awarded a cash prize.
“It is like asking students to conduct a lot of research then encouraging them to throw everything they learn away so a real-world solution can take shape. I can’t think of any other learning modality that is more intensive and exciting than the case competition. I am particularly pleased to see three Penn State campuses come together to form and support this team,” says Dr. Wenke Hwang, associate professor and director of the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program at Penn State’s College of Medicine.