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Students Win Health Challenge

Four P&S students and their faculty adviser, Donald Quest’70, won the Mailman School of Public Health’s third annual Healthcare Delivery and Management Case Competition in December 2009. Class of 2013 students Ezra Burch, Gina Farias-Eisner, Jacob Kriegel, and Alexander Sackeim (team leader) competed in the team-based case competition open to Columbia medical, public health, business, and public affairs students pursuing MD, MPH, executive MPH, Columbia-on-the-Job MPH, MBA, executive MBA, or MPA degrees.

The competition encourages students to use qualitative and quantitative skills and think “outside of the box” to find multi-faceted solutions to a business-related public health challenge. Faculty advisers assist with teamwork planning and oral presentation coaching. Students form consulting teams to review a “real world” healthcare case, prepare a comprehensive analysis and recommendations, and make a presentation to a panel of faculty and industry judges.  

Students on 10 teams represented Mailman, P&S, Columbia Business School, and the School of International and Public Affairs in the 2009 competition. 

Members of the medical school’s team, named Sartorius, each received a $250 gift card for their first-place showing.

The Department of Health Policy and Management at Mailman and the Columbia Alliance for Health Care Management, which coordinates faculty, student, and alumni interests across the schools of public health, business, and P&S, host the competition with support from corporations, industry professionals, and faculty. CIGNA, the Hay Group, and the National Cancer Institute sponsored the competition, providing funding for prizes and administrative expenses.