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Global Health Case Competition

Case competitions are increasingly popular around the world as a way for students to exercise critical thinking skills using a “real world” challenge. The APRU Global Health Program hosts an international, virtual student case competition every year, in which students team up to work on a challenge relating to a pressing global health problem.

Application of the 2021 Global Health Student Case Competition is now open. Teams of 4-6 students will have 10 weeks to prepare a 10-minute video in English proposing a realistic, well-designed, innovative solution to the challenge.


Topic of the Challenge: Technology-Driven Solutions to the COVID-19 Infodemic

  • The topic was disclosed publicly on 2 April 2021.

  • This challenge focuses on addressing the massive amount of misinformation that has quickly spread throughout the world during the COVID-19 pandemic, with dramatic negative personal and societal consequences. Discerning what is accurate scientific content versus what is fabricated or simply a rumor can be challenging. By employing a multidisciplinary approach, teams will build an intervention to reduce the spread of misinformation and increase health literacy in one Asia-Pacific country. The focus of the intervention is the development or adaptation of a technology-driven tool. 

  • View the background of the challenge and instructions here.


Rules & Requirements

  • There is no maximum number of teams per university. Undergraduate and graduate students from any discipline are welcome. Each team must be comprised of 4-6 students from the same university.

  • Registration of teams will be closed on 1 June 2021 and the project output must be completed for submission to APRU by 11 June 2021. Teams registered later than 2 April will still only have until 11 June to submit their videos.

  • 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.

  • All students who participate will receive a certificate of participation via email.

  • For further submission instructions, please visit the official website of 2021 APRU Global Health Case Competition


Please visit the official website of 2021 APRU Global Health Case Competition.

Judging Process & Announcement of the Winner
Three videos will be chosen by an international panel of judges for the final round of voting by the conference participants.


Final scores will include the judges scores (50% weight) combined with the combined votes from the conference participants (50%) of the APRU Global Health Conference 2021. Only registered conference participants will be eligible to vote on 15 to17 November 2021 via the virtual conference platform.

The award decision will be announced at the Awards Ceremony of the conference on 18 November 2021



  • All members of the three finalist teams will be offered free access to all programmes of the virtual conference from 15 to 18 November 2021.

  • There is the possibility through Amazon Web Services (AWS) Education to explore the option for the finalist teams to develop their ideas into a pilot project.

  • The winning team will receive a prize of US$1000.

HKU teams:    Register via HKU university coordinator at

Other teams:  Register via APRU at 

There is no cost to participate.


About the Organisers

The 2021 APRU Virtual Global Health Case Competition is hosted by the APRU Global Health Program in partnership with Amazon Web Services (AWS). To increase the understanding of digital applications on health-related information, AWS is providing subject and technical expertise to support the development and judging of this year’s competition. 






Topic of the Challenge
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