Penn State Health Policy and Administration Case Competition
About the Case Competition
October 23 – October 26, 2023
Register by: October 2, 2023
The Penn State Health Policy and Administration (HPA) Virtual Case Competition, hosted by the Department of Health Policy and Administration and sponsored by Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, will feature the opportunity for students from any University to solve a current healthcare challenge. Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will use proposed solutions to make a difference in the communities they serve.
This event is virtual, providing a cost-effective opportunity for students in health administration and related programs from across the country. Avoid travel costs, and apply classroom learning to a real-world case, while honing your problem-solving and presentation skills.
There are three categories for the competition. There is a limit of 20 teams per category with 3-4 students/team. Students from programs in health administration, health policy, public health, or related fields are eligible to participate.
- Residential and Online Undergraduate Health Policy and Administration or related program
- Residential Master of Health Administration or related program
- Online Master of Health Administration or related program
Monday, October 23 – Case Drop
8:00 a.m.: Welcome
Tuesday, October 24 – Case Presentation Preparation and Submission
All day: Submit by 11:59 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25 – 1st and 2nd Round Presentations
- 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Welcome
- 8:30 a.m. – Noon: Round 1 Case Presentations
- 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Round 2 Case Presentation
- 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.: Judges' Deliberations
- 4:30 p.m.: Finalists announced
Thursday, October 26 – Finalists' Presentations and Awards
8:00 – 8:30 a.m.: Welcome finalists and Penn State Health judges
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Finalist presentations
- 1st Place Team $2,000
- 2nd Place Team $1,500
- 3rd Place Team $1,000
- $250 registration fee for each team, with a limit of two teams per school.
- $125 discounted registration fee for the second team.
- No additional cost for faculty advisers.
Register by October 2, 2023
The registrant’s name and contact information on this form will serve as the main contact for the team and will receive any/all communications from Penn State University regarding the competition.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
- Our program wants to register but we don't have the names of our team members until the start of the school year. Can we still register?
You may register by the name of your program and your college/university. A separate link will be sent later for you to provide the names of your team members.
- Is there a waiting list for teams that don't make the deadline?
Our registration system will track the order of teams that don't meet the deadline. If there are any teams that cancel, we will reach out in order to those on the waiting list.
- Can our team have a student observer?
One of your four team members can act as an observer, but they are NOT allowed to work on the case. You may not have any less than three active team members.
- What are the criteria for judging?
- Presentation style
- Strength of your slide deck
- Feasibility of your solution
- Responses during Q&A
- What is the role of the faculty adviser?
Your faculty adviser can coach the team on presentation style and help you practice Q&A. They may not provide recommendations for your solution.
- Will the judges know which team is from which college or university?
During the competition, participating schools will be recognized by a letter and number. Your PowerPoint presentation must not have any reference to a team’s university or college. Team members may not wear any logos or other signifiers of their program.
Previous Competition Winners
- 2022 Internal Case Competition Winners
Judith Daniel, Rebecca Ganthier, Romil Upadhyay
Amey Udar, Hannah Earley, Katherine Aiken, Michael Manyak
Aarathi Kallur, Daniel Ackiewicz, Meghan McNulty, Smita Disale
Christopher Sweigart, Madison Carr, Ryan Roth
Allison L'Esperance, Anita Dong, Kelsey Sims
Alexandra Hitchens, Faith Readinger, Isabella Kronau
Aimee Asante, Hanna Golden, Malia Diakite, Sarah Manna
Caroline Adams, Madelyn Oates, Samantha Kenny, Zhi Xin Zou
Anastasiya Kovalenko, Ben Johnson, Francesca Mbibouth, Sergio Visco
- 2021 Case Competition Winners
Danielle King, Kirsten Morey, Gabrielle Mifsud, Makayla Wiltse, Central Michigan University
Daniela Rizzi, Sophia Barnard, Farah Elhoumaidi, Loyola University, Chicago
Samantha Bobinski, Michael Volpe, Janvee Patel, University of Scranton
Best Presence During Q&A
Gabby Mifsud, Central Michigan University
First-Year MHA Programs
Brenna Hill, Atikah Munnee, Eryn Burnett, University of Southern California
Kaitlyn Apodaca, Elizabeth James, Anthony Moscato, George Washington University
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
Daniel Fessler, Dominique Martino, Bunty Shah, Penn State University
Tara Hank, Shauna Jacobs, Karen Maselli, Blayne Roach, Penn State University
Keith Duemling, Beverlee McDowell-Franceschi, Benjamin Munoz, Penn State University
Best Presence During Q&A
Kirstyn Nero, George Mason University
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