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MBAs Shine in International Global Health Case Competition

March 28, 2013
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Pictured: Jason Siem, a second-year MBA student who was part of the University of Miami team at the Emory Global Health Case Competition

Five UM MBA students are celebrating a winning performance at an international case competition held in March at Emory University. The UM team, which included second-year MBA Jason Siem; first-year MBA Nilam Singh; and MD/MBAs Karan Srivastava, Onyi Ugorji, Chaitanya Vadlamudi, placed third in the sixth Emory Global Health Case Competition.

Their performance topped those of teams from Boston University, Georgetown University, the National University of Singapore, Tulane University, and the University of Virginia. In all, the competition included nearly 150 students from 24 universities. The teams focused on the issue of world sanitation and its impact on China’s foreign aid policy.

“I participated last year in this competition without experience in global public health,” said Siem.  “I found the experience interesting and wanted to present a better final product this year, so I assisted with an epidemiology course over the summer at the UM School of Medicine.  I was able to leverage that global public health style, my business background, and experiences last year with the new team members' unique perspectives to give a complete package that the judges appreciated.”

Johns Hopkins University took first place in the completion, while Yale University came in second. The multidisciplinary competition, developed and coordinated by the Emory Global Health Institute and its Student Advisory Committee, includes graduate and undergraduate students from numerous fields including agricultural and life sciences, business, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, public health, theology, the social sciences and the humanities. A multidisciplinary external panel of judges evaluated the presentations.

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