Tarun Jain, '15 MBA, was one of five University of Minnesota students who took first place and a $500 prize in the 2015 U of M Global Health Case Competition on January 31. The competition challenged 14 teams to propose a bid to the International Olympic Committee highlighting their cities' ability to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games. Essential to each team's proposal was the incorporation of public health interventions that would improve the health of the host city's and/or country's population.
The Competition attracted student participants from several schools and colleges across the University. The winning team was comprised of Jain, Kathryn Gustafson, Balvindar Singh, Nils Johnson, and Brian Mikolajczyk, and coached by Professor of Infectious Disease at the College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Srinand Sreevatsan.
The teams were given five days to develop their recommendations before presenting to a panel of judges. The winning team's proposal earned first place for its feasability, data-driven recommendations, and innovativeness.
The U of M Global Health Case Competition is designed to bring a collaborative approach to solving global health problems that spans multiple academic disciplines. Jain appreciated his teammates' expertise in pharmacy, medicine, and healthcare administration. He says the competition reflected today's healthcare environment, in which not all professionals working together to solve a problem come from a business background.
"I'm looking for full-time career opportunities in healthcare innovation, so doing these case competitions helps to expand the horizons of what's out there," says Jain.
Jessie Jiang, '16 BSB, also participated in the competition. Her team tied for third place.