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Interdisciplinary Health Data Competition

Past Competitions


2023 Competition Information

The University of Minnesota Interdisciplinary Health Data Competition began in 2020 to promote interdisciplinary collaboration on using data to address current healthcare challenges. In this competition, students complete an exploratory analysis of specified datasets to provide innovative solutions and insights using data science tools and methodologies.  This event encourages graduate students across all disciplines at the University of Minnesota to practice, enhance, and showcase their understanding of real-world healthcare problems and their abilities to solve them with innovative use of data science. 

This competition is led by the Business Advancement Center for Health (BACH) in collaboration with the Carlson School of Management, College of Pharmacy, Institute for Health Informatics, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health.


Save the date for the 4th annual competition! More information coming in February 2023.

Competition Kickoff: March 16, 2023 (virtual)

Final Presentations: April 5, 2023 (in-person, Carlson School of Management)

Congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Competition!

Watch the recorded presentations from all 5 finalists.

1st Place

Promoting Equity in Medicare's Value Based Purchasing Program  

  • Emily Johnson, Master of Healthcare Administration, School of Public Health
  • Alexander Johnson, Doctor of Medicine, Medical School

2nd Place

Demographic (In)equities Revealed by HCAHPS Ratings 

  • Jeffrey Clement, PhD, Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School
  • Zach Levin, PhD, Health Services Research, Policy, & Administration, School of Public Health
  • Khoa Vu, PhD, Department of Applied Economics, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Yi Zhu, PhD, Information & Decision Sciences, Carlson School

3rd Place

Equity and Patient Satisfaction in Value-Based Hospital Incentives

  • Christian Coffman, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Simion De, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Souradipto Ghosh Dastidar, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Mykhaylo Malakhov, PhD, Biostatistics, School of Public Health
  • Yihan Song, PhD, Accounting, Carlson School
  • February 20: Registration opens
  • March 5: Last day to register
  • March 16: Competition kickoff and data release, 5:00 P.M. (virtual)
  • March 26: All project submissions due by 11:59 pm CT
  • March 31: Finalists announced
  • April 5: Finalist presentations, 4:00 P.M. (Carlson School of Management)

Teams are required to use a specified dataset which will be announced at the Competition Kickoff on March 16th. Additional publicly available data is permitted. 

  • Submit a one-page Executive Summary - maximum of 500 words (not including references) 
  • Submit a PowerPoint presentation outlining the team's project - maximum of 20 slides 
  • Record a voice-over with PowerPoint, presenting the team's analysis, insights, and innovations - maximum of 20 minutes
  • Finalists will present projects to a panel of industry expert judges - each team has 20 minutes to present followed by 5 minutes for judges' questions
  • A rubric will be provided when data is released on March 16, 2023
  • Competition is open to all current graduate and professional degree-seeking students at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Maximum of 5 students per team 
  • Each team must have students from at least 2 different colleges or schools within the U of M Twin Cities
  • Students may only participate on one team
  • You can form your own team or request to be placed on a team
  • No individual entries are allowed
  • First Place Team: $4,000 - Sponsored by United Health Foundation
  • Second Place Team: $2,000
  • Third Place Team: $1,000

This competition would not be possible without the support and involvement of University of Minnesota faculty and industry partners!

Industry Experts: 

  • More information coming soon!

University of Minnesota Faculty: 

  • Steve Johnson, Institute for Health Informatics
  • Joel Farley, College of Pharmacy
  • Caitlin Carrol, School of Public Health 
  • Russ Funk, Carlson School of Management
  • Robin Austin, School of Nursing

How do I record the voiceover for the presentation?  

  • Teams can use any method of recording the voice-over on their slides; however, we recommend VoiceThread or Zoom.

I registered as an individual. When will I find out what team I am on? 

  • Emails will be sent by March 10, 2023 to all registered participants and will include their team members' information as well as other important details.   

Are we more in favor of an exploratory analysis?

  • It is up to your team whether you want to do exploratory analysis, predictive analysis, or take another approach. 

I competed in the Health Data Competition in the past. Can I compete again?

  • Yes! Past participants are welcome to compete again since each year the topic and required dataset change so teams will need to take different approaches and bring new insights to their projects.

Our team members are dual-degree programs from the same 2 schools. Does this meet the requirement of 2 colleges/schools?

  • Yes! Dual-degree programs meet the requirement of having 2 colleges/schools represented on each team.


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Register to Participate

Registration opens February 20, 2023


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About the Host

The Business Advancement Center for Health (BACH) launched at the Carlson School in 2022 to reimagine healthcare and works to close gaps in health equity.