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The University of Minnesota hosted its first interdisciplinary health data competition in 2020.  


The inaugural Interdisciplinary Health Data Competition asked students to complete an exploratory analysis of the Minnesota Department of Health’s new prescription drug public use files from the MN All Payer Claims Database.  Students were asked to explore this new database and provide innovative insights, analysis, and recommendations based on their findings. 

A total of 66 students participated in the competition from 10 colleges/schools making up 16 teams.  The first round of judging by University faculty and industry experts selected the top 5 teams to move on to the finals.  A final panel of industry expert judges from UnitedHealth Group, Optum Insight, Minnesota Department of Health, Mayo Clinic, and Guidehouse Consulting reviewed the finalists’ presentations and selected the competition winners.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Health Data Competition! 

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First Place

The Economic Burden of Extended-Release Pharmaceuticals in Minnesota

  • Laura Barrie Smith, PhD Health Service Research, Policy, and Administration, School of Public Health
  • Alex Everhart, PhD Health Service Research, Policy, and Administration, School of Public Health
  • Yuanyuan Qiu, MS Data Science, College of Science and Engineering
  • Jiani Zhou, PhD Health Service Research, Policy, and Administration, School of Public Health
  • Yi Zhu, PhD Information and Decision Sciences, Carlson School

Second Place

Addressing Medicaid OTC Prescription Spend

  • Chaitanya Chittineni, MD, Medical School; MBA, Carlson School
  • Joanne Dehnbostel, Epidemiology, MPH, School of Public Health
  • Edward Walczak, MD, Medical School; MBA, Carlson School
  • Jake Wythers, MBA, Carlson School

Third Place

Uncovering the Cost of Diabetes

  • Fadlullah Ba'th, MD, Medical School
  • Jennifer Brown, PhD Neuroscience, Medical School; JD, Law School
  • Jake Gray, JD, Law School
  • Kristine Nachbor, MD, Medical School
  • Caroline Sell, JD, Law School; MPH, School of Public Health

Thank you to our judges! 

This competition would not be possible without the involvement, support, and insights of the many individuals who volunteered their time to serve as judges for this competition. Our sincere appreciation to all of our judges.