National Academy of Medicine

Inaugural DC Regional Public Health Case Challenge: A Summary

By Emily Bien, Yaroslav Daniel Bodnar, Laura-Allison Bohannan Woods, David Brainerd, Zoya Butt, Desirée C. Bygrave, Stephanie Campbell, Leigh Carroll, Christine A. Clarke, Nicolette Davis, Chandani Desai, Alexandra France, Ariel Gaines, Aapta Garg, Adam Hammer, Jun Hu, Suzanne Keck Huszagh, Kara Ingraham, Iqra Javaid, Bridget B. Kelly, Claire Lang, Victoria Larsen, Erin Mack, Lindsey Miller, Aubrey L. Palmer, Darshana Prakasam, Megan Prior, Kristen Rankin, Chelsea Schifferle, Brandon Shumway, Karanpreet Takhar, Ariel Turner, Erika Vijh, Savannah Woodward
October 07, 2014 | Discussion Paper

In 2013, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), in collaboration with faculty and students from Georgetown University (GU), launched the first annual District of Columbia (DC) Regional Public Health Case Challenge. The idea for this case challenge was born when representatives from the IOM and GU met at Emory University’s Global Health Case Competition in March 2013, and the DC Case Challenge is both inspired by and modeled on the Emory competition.

The DC Case Challenge aims to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning in public health and to foster engagement with local universities and the local community. The case challenge engages graduate and undergraduate students from multiple schools, disciplines, and universities to come together to promote awareness of and develop innovative solutions for 21st century public health issues, grounded in a challenge faced by the local community.

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