2020 International Emory Global Health Case Competition

2020 International Emory Global Health Case Competition


Due to COVID-19, EGHI hosted its first virtual International Emory Global Health Case Competition on March 14, 2020. Multidisciplinary teams from 28 universities participated via Zoom. The case, set in the year 2030, prompted teams to serve as a World Health Organization country representative from one of the following countries: India, Madagascar, Nigeria, Syria, or Ukraine. Teams were challenged to develop a detailed nationwide policy and program that controlled the spread of the country's measles outbreak, provided supportive care for those infected, and prevented future outbreaks.

Winning Teams

First Place

Emory University

Bethany Larkin, Amanda Fitzpatrick, Sam Leff, Kara Goldstone, Paul Elish, and Linda Qiu

Second Place

The University of Melbourne

Hayden Burch, Travis Lines, Olivia Baenziger, Hannah Morgan, Julia Zhu, and Stefan Joksic

Third Place

Yeshiva University

Alexandria Becker, Hayley Berg, Kiran Bhutada, Nadege Gitego, Soaptarshi Paul, and Deepthisri Suresh

Fourth Place

University of Virginia

Courtney Rogers, Catherine Owsik, Himika Rahman, Tahmina Ahmed, and Maria Tahamtani

Honorable Mention

University of Texas Southwestern

Vincent Snow, Bonnie Leung, Virginia Wang, Beatrice Secheli, Avani Alla, and Nimay Kulkarni

  • Phil Jacobs
  • Robert Yellowlees
  • Goizueta Business School
  • The Marcus Foundation
  • Rollins School of Public Health
  • Atlanta Brewing Company

In the year 2030, the global eradication of measles has become a goal of the World Health Organization (WHO). While global eradication of the disease is a new goal for the WHO, a strong case was made for it as early as 1982. Almost 40 years later, this goal is within reach thanks to a series of measles control and elimination initiatives and programs that began in the early 1980s. There was a resurgence of measles in 2018-2019, but in the last decade, the WHO and its partners have made great progress in the regional elimination of the disease. However, it needs the continued support and cooperation of each country's government and citizens to achieve global measles eradication.

Measles has plagued the world for decades, and most experts thought it was finally gasping its last breath in December 2029. However, in the winter of 2030, there are rapidly spreading measles outbreaks in India, Madagascar, Nigeria, Syria, and Ukraine. To make matters worse, the popular cruise line Olympus has reported cases of measles amongst its staff members after launching its anniversary world cruise to destinations that included these five countries. The majority of reported measles cases in these countries are in infants and young children, and the number of cases is climbing due to various factors such as lack of resources and strong health systems, political instability, changes in migration patterns, and vaccine hesitancy.

Because each of these five countries is a member state of the WHO, they request assistance in controlling and stopping the outbreaks. The WHO has been a reliable source of data on the number of measles cases per country as well as a strong partner to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in creating a plan of action to stop measles from spreading. Additionally, the WHO is a core partner of the Measles-Rubella Initiative, a 30-year-old collaboration that also includes the CDC, UNICEF, the United Nations Foundation, and the American Red Cross. This initiative has worked to diligently to combat measles.

Despite the outbreaks in these five countries, the WHO’s goal remains eradicating measles globally. The WHO’s approach is to work with individual countries’ health systems and representatives to eliminate measles in those regions, with the goal of global eradication of the disease.

As Member States of the WHO, each of the 30 teams will serve as a WHO country representative from one of the following five countries: India, Madagascar, Nigeria, Syria, or Ukraine. Each team’s challenge is to develop a detailed nationwide policy and program that controls the spread of the country’s current outbreak, provides supportive care for those infected, and prevents future outbreaks with the goal of eliminating the disease from the country. Each team will design and present its plan to its respective country’s government leaders.

  • Mehul Bhagat
  • Hansa Bhargava, MD
  • Stephen L. Cochi, MD
  • Vance Ferebee, RN, BSN, CFRN
  • Alan R. Hinman, MD, MPH
  • Augustus Hudson, MS, PMP, MEP, CM, ACE
  • Phil Jacobs
  • Linda G. Lewin, MD
  • Rebecca Martin, PhD
  • Patrick O’Carroll, MD, MPH, FACPM, FACMI
  • Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FIDSA
  • Vince Radke, MPH
  • John Rutherford Seydel III (John R.)
  • Richard Skolnik, MPA
  • Rostam Zafari