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Penn State Health Administration Case Competition

Hosted by the Master of Health Administration Programs

2022 Penn State Health Administration Internal Case Competition Winners

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


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 Penn State Health Administration Case Competition Winners

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best way for students to prepare for the competition? icon-olus-circle

Practice reading cases together as a team and putting together a slide presentation based on the details of the case. You can review Harvard Business Review cases or ask the librarian or your faculty for a couple of cases in healthcare organizations.

Key practice points are:

  • A clear synopsis of the case,
  • issues to be addressed, and
  • solutions/recommendations

Also it is very helpful to practice presenting your slide deck together to get a sense of when to handoff to each other, how quickly you speak (everyone starts fast), who is best at explaining key points, etc. We do not have recordings of our prior case competitions, you may be able to find some on YouTube. 

How much preparation time goes into the competition? icon-olus-circle

Other than practicing together how to read and summarize cases, practicing the public speaking/presentation part is the key prep. Some teams practice 2 or 3 times, some go up to 6.

You will have from 8 a.m. when you get the case to 11:59 that night to submit your answer, so the more you practice reading a case together, and crafting a solution, the better. 

How many teams will be competing? icon-olus-circle

We don't know yet but we are limiting the number to 20 teams per category (Undergrad, First Year Masters, and online Masters).

Who is judging the competition? icon-olus-circle

First round judges will be alumni and faculty from the MHA program at University Park. Final round judges will be from the case sponsor.

What are the criteria for judging? icon-olus-circle

Judging criteria includes:

  • your presentation style, i.e., how comfortable are you presenting the solution you have created,
  • the quality of your slides, i.e., are they clear, do they support what you are saying and help to explain your solution (free of spelling errors, good design, not too many words per slide), and
  • the feasibility of your solution, i.e.,  is it reasonable given the facts of the case and does it make business sense
What are the prizes or awards for winning teams or runners up? icon-olus-circle

Each final team has the chance to win money.  

  • 1st place: $1500 
  • 2nd place: $1050 
  • 3rd place: $600 
Could a team consist of only 1 or 2 members? icon-olus-circle

You are welcome to have 2 or 3 members of a Team, but no less than 2 and no more than 4.

Can there be a 2nd year MHA Team? icon-olus-circle


Can I edit my registration? icon-olus-circle

No. If you need to change details on your registration , please e-mail and we will do it.

Can students outside of Health Policy and Administration participate? icon-olus-circle

Yes, students who are in other health programs or that have a focus in healthcare may sign-up. For example, MBA programs with a health concentration or Master of Public Health Programs.

Can I get a PO instead of using a CC? icon-olus-circle

PSU is not able to receive a PO for payment. We can accept  checks, or credit card payments.

Can I register if I don’t have a team yet in order to secure our spot? icon-olus-circle

Yes, just mark TBD for the student name and e-mail Ms. Daphne Mark ( once you have the information.

Is there a recommended dress code? icon-olus-circle

Yes. Business casual for the work day. Business Professional for all presentations.

Is there a waiting list? icon-olus-circle


Do you prefer that the team present from their respective homes without masks on or from a single location? icon-olus-circle

That is up to your team. We prefer teams be on camera but from where, is up to you.

Will the Teams be recorded during the competition? icon-olus-circle


Does each team need a different faculty advisor? icon-olus-circle


Can the teams be a mix of MHA and BHA students? icon-olus-circle

Yes. Undergraduate students may participate on MHA teams, but the team category will be determined by the highest level of represented in the team, i.e., MHA, online MHA.

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