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UNC: Student Wins Harvard Business School Case Competition

Ms. Aditi Borde, a dual master’s degree student at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, won first place at the Harvard Business School’s Alliance for Health Management Case Competition on Feb. 9, in Cambridge, Mass.

Ms. Borde, who is scheduled to earn joint Master of Healthcare Administration and Master of Business Administration degrees in spring 2020, competed on a team with Ms. Jacqueline Gerhart, doctoral student in pharmaceutical sciences at UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. The powerhouse team was the only one at the event with only two team members; other teams had three or more participants.

Though students from UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School had entered the Harvard competition in previous years, this was the first year that a dual business and public health student from UNC took part.

This year’s case competition, the theme of which was “Healthy Living Challenge: Influencing Health Behaviors in Low-Income Communities,” was held as part of the 16th annual Harvard Health Care Conference.

Twelve business schools from the U.S. and Canada competed. Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business and Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business took second- and third-place wins.

Each of the teams made a proposal related to the theme of the competition.

Ms. Borde and Ms. Gerhart identified obesity as being associated with lower quality of life and poorer health outcomes, including Type II diabetes, in eastern North Carolina. Their proposal was the requirement of a comprehensive diabetes management program that aligns with the lifestyles of people who live in rural areas, is convenient, brings care into local communities, and supports both financial and physical health. Read more.