The 9th Annual APRU Global Health Virtual Case Competition 2024

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 APRU Global Health Conference 2024 (November 4-6, 2024, Bangkok). The winning team will be announced at the conference and a prize of US$1,000 will be awarded.

Challenge of the Year: “Improving Diabetes Care Management through Technological Innovation.”

This year, we partner with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Thai Diabetes Federation and Chulalongkorn University School of Global Health on the challenge theme.

The number of people with diabetes around the world is rising, especially in low- and middle-income countries. The competition teams is asked to create a technology-based solution to improve diabetes care for patients in one economy in the Asia-Pacific with an APRU member institution. The overall challenge is to address the low rates of adherence to treatment about people with diabetes. If your proposal is selected by the local city government, your team would work closely with the Ministry of Health over the next three years. The plan must address either individual-level or systems-level barriers to treatment using technology with a total budget of US$1 million. We encourage teams to consider a balance of innovative yet realistic, evidence-based solutions.

Download the Document of the Challenge Theme


Please register your team through the online registration system by April 19, 2024 at 11:59am Pacific Time


  • There is no cost to participate.
  • There is no maximum number of teams per each university. Teams can be comprised of students from different universities but they must all come from APRU member universities or from any university in Thailand (including non-APRU members), as the host of the 2024 conference is in Thailand (Chulalongkorn University).  
  • A representative from each team must register the team by April 19, 2024 at 11:59am Pacific Time through our online registration system.
  • The team must be comprised of currently enrolled university students (as of March 2024). Students of all disciplines and stages in their training are welcome including undergraduate, graduate and medical students.
  • Postdoctoral students and medical residents/interns are not eligible. Individuals holding faculty appointments also do not qualify.
  • The teams must be comprised of 3-6 students. Changes can be made to the team members after registration. But an email must be sent to Dr Withers at [email protected] informing about the changes prior to the competition deadline.


  • January 15 Registration opens
  • March 10 – Case challenge sent out via email at 11:59am Pacific Time
  • April 19 – Deadline to register teams (teams registering after March 15 will still only have until June 7 to submit their videos)
  • June 7 – Final video submissions due by 11:59pm Pacific Time
  • August 23 – Three finalist teams announced via email
  • Nov – Final judging of competition held during an APRU Global Health conference.
Submission Instructions

For competing teams, please submit the following materials by email by June 7, 2024 at 11:59pm Pacific Time to [email protected].

  • Provide a link to your video on YouTube, Vimeo, Bilibili or similar site
  • Video MUST be no more than 10 mins or it will not be eligible.
  • At the beginning or end of the video, please provide a slide with full name, discipline of study, affiliated department and institution, and academic status (e.g. undergraduate, graduate, medical, etc.) for each team member. Please make sure to clearly identify your team name.
  • Teams are encouraged to develop engaging and creative visual materials for the presentation. All team members must be physically shown in the videos at least once. However, just as in a live presentation, you can include video clips, slides, animations, and other media/props. Teams should begin with an introduction as in any presentation to an audience.  Following the introduction, the format is open. The team can choose to ‘zoom in’, showing videos, photos, maps, diagrams, interviews, etc. 
  • We highly recommend that teams use microphones when filming. Please do not speed up the video to make it difficult to understand, especially for non-native speakers. We also encourage the use of subtitles.
  • Outside video clips or b-rolls (developed by other people or agencies) are allowed but they should not last for more than 180 seconds total (all clips combined).
  • All teams automatically grant permission for APRU to screen their videos at the workshop and to post their videos on our website for an unlimited time.

Download the Document of Instructions

Download the Document of the Theme


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