Three graduate students from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health took first place on February 27 in the ninth annual Health Administration Case Competition hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
[Photo: Left to right are contest official Dr. Christy Lemak, and UNC health policy and management students Mr. Keenan Jones, Ms. Mary Winters, and Mr. Christopher DelGrosso, first-place winners in the ninth annual Health Administration Case Competition, hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)]
The contest offers graduate students a platform to apply what they have learned to an actual health administration case. Participants receive the case three weeks prior to competition. As a team, they generate recommendations and present them to a national panel of judges.
Members of the 2015 Gillings School team are Mr. Christopher DelGrosso, Mr. Keenan Jones, and Ms. Mary Winters. At the final ceremony, the three took home a $9,000 cash prize for their development of a plan to build a comprehensive respiratory center.
“This year’s UAB Case Competition was a very complex case that provided an opportunity for our students to apply the many skills and competencies they have gained during their time in our program,” said Dr. Sandra Greene, interim chair of the UNC department of health policy and management. “The amount of research they put into preparing their plan was tremendous, and we are very proud of their performance this year.”
In addition to the recognition her team received, Ms. Winters valued the opportunity to represent UNC on a national stage.
“The competition was an excellent way to test our skill set and also showcase the breadth and depth of knowledge we’re exposed to through the Master of Healthcare Administration curriculum,” she said. “Faculty, staff, and our classmates were all incredibly supportive throughout the process. I am thrilled to bring home another UAB victory for our program.”