Each year for the past 12 years, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has given healthcare management students a real-life, real-time “case” to solve for a health care facility. This year, the team from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health took first place at the 2019 UAB Health Administration Case Competition among 39 teams.
“Case competitions provide an excellent learning opportunity for students,” says Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA) program director and Wegmiller Professor of Healthcare Administration Dr. Jean Abraham. “To be successful, they must apply knowledge and skills that they have acquired from their formal coursework, including data analysis, healthcare finance, operations, and strategy. Teams from Minnesota have an advantage, given their additional training in advanced problem-solving techniques.”
These techniques are part of the The Minnesota Model, the basis of the MHA program, which U.S. News & World Report ranks #2 in the nation. The model includes a rich and diverse educational experience that combines the strengths of academia and practice. A strong alumni network provides broad perspectives and on-the-ground learning.
The SPH team, comprised of MHA students Ms. Audrey Workman, Mr. Cameron Gabriel, and Mr. Alexis Meyer, deliberated over a case involving Georgia’s WellStar Paulding Hospital. The only hospital and nursing center in suburban Atlanta’s Paulding County, it has tripled in size since 2013 and has reached a turning point between continuing to adapt to increasing patient needs or maintaining status quo.
The MHA students’ winning proposal suggested short- and long-term strategic plans for WellStar Paulding.Friday Letter Submission