A three-person team of health policy and management graduate students at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health were first-prize winners in the nineteenth annual Everett V. Fox Student Case Competition, hosted by the National Association of Healthcare Services Executives (NAHSE) at its annual educational conference, held October 14-17 in Detroit.
Winning team members are Ms. Emilia Ndely and Mr. Daniel Douthit, Master of Health Administration/Master of Business Administration students at the Gillings School and Kenan-Flagler Business School, and Ms. Camille Grant, Master of Health Administration student.
NAHSE established the competition in 1996 as a scholarship program. The competition employs the case-study methodology of teaching to provide graduate students with an educational experience that enhances their problem-analysis and presentation skills while exposing them to real-life health services administration issues.
Student teams from graduate programs in health administration, business administration and public health are asked to analyze a unique case study that includes diverse and real situations facing the health-care organization featured in the case. The teams are provided with specific facts and raw data and are expected to reach decisions called for in the case assignment.
Made possible through generous sponsorship by health-care organizations across the country, the competition has awarded more than $400,000 in scholarships to minority graduate students.
“Participating in the competition was both enriching and exciting,” said team member Ms. Grant. “I learned a lot about myself and was able to build genuine relationships with my teammates, my colleagues across the country and former graduates of our program.”
“The event was an opportunity to represent UNC and demonstrate the various skills our team members have developed and strengthened here at the Gillings School,” Ms. Ndely said. “Preparation for the competition is rigorous and time-consuming, but the satisfaction of our win was well worth all the energy.”
Ms. Grant agreed. “I am both humbled and strengthened as the result of participating in a case that allowed me to apply knowledge I’ve gained at the Gillings School to a real-world issue. The critical preparation we were given here resulted in our being able to bring home the first-place title.”