The 8th Annual APRU Global Health Virtual Case Competition 2023

Case competitions are increasingly popular around the world as a way for students to exercise critical thinking skills using a “real world” challenge. For this international, virtual competition, teams of 3-6 students will receive a challenge relating to a pressing global health problem. Teams will be given up to 12 weeks to prepare a video of up to 10 minutes in English proposing a realistic, well-designed, innovative solution to the challenge. Teams will save their videos on YouTube or Vimeo and submit the link via email for judging by an international panel of APRU Global Health Program members and other global expert judges.

Three videos will be chosen by an international panel of judges for the final round, which will be held as part of our annual conference in October 2023. The winning team will be announced at the conference and a prize of US$1,000 will be awarded.

Challenge of the Year: “Bridging Barriers to Care: Reaching Urban Migrant Communities”

This year, we partner with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to create the challenge theme. International migration is a global phenomenon that is growing in scope, complexity, and impact. In this challenge, student teams will help a vulnerable population of informal migrants and/or refugees/asylum-seekers to navigate a local healthcare system in one large city in the Asia-Pacific region. Your plan should be established to include a plan to not only initiate contact with the potential patients but to maintain long-term contact for continuity of care.

Please remember that this case represents a complex scenario and that there is no single “right” plan. Your challenge is to develop and justify a strategy to respond to the challenge. We encourage teams to consider a balance of innovative yet realistic, evidence-based solutions.

Click here to find out more details about the scenario and what are the key elements your proposal should include.



  • There is no cost to participate.
  • All team members must come from the same university. There is no maximum number of teams per university. Students are allowed to be part of more than one team.
  • Students of all disciplines and stages in their training are welcome including undergraduate, graduate and medical students.
  • All teams must come from APRU member universities
  • The solution to the challenge must be student-driven. Although we encourage students draw on faculty and outside mentorship and support, it should not be the work/research output of a faculty member. 


  • January 13– Registration opens
  • March 10– Case challenge sent out via email at 11:59 am (Pacific Time)
  • April 21– Deadline register teams (teams registering after March 10 will still only have until June 2 to submit their videos)
  • June 2– Final video submissions due by 11:59 pm Pacific Time
  • August 10– Three finalist teams announced via email
  • October 27– Final judging of the competition held during an APRU Global Health conference.

Registration has closed.


We had a total of 49 teams from 19 universities across 12 economies (Australia, Canada, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Mexico, Nepal, Senegal, Singapore, Thailand, the US) participate this year.

The three finalist teams (in no particular order): 

The top 10 teams (in no particular order): 

  • EMIS (Tecnológico de Monterrey)
  • Look Ahead (Xi’an Jiaotong University)
  • The Health Kunoichis (National University of Singapore)
  • My Wright Needs (University of Southern California)
  • Eblouissant (Simon Fraser University)
  • Health Defenders (Sun Yat-Sen University)
  • Biomed Eagle (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Hello Hong Kong (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Visionary (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)
  • Power Free (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Contact Dr Mellissa Withers at [email protected] for further inquiries.