Winners of the 2020 Global Public Health Case Competition announced

Published on December 3, 2020

Congratulations to the students who participated in the 2020 Global Public Health Case Competition! The teams were composed of UI students from 4 colleges, 12 departments/disciplines, 9 degree programs, and a mix of undergraduate and graduate students.

The teams addressed the topic “Chronic Disease Amongst Detained Migrant Populations in Chiapas, Mexico.” The winning teams were awarded cash prizes. Learn more on the IIPHRP Global Public Health Case Competition website.

First Place Award

The John Snow Fan Club

  • Sofie Dollison
  • Kaleb Brooks
  • Anna Correa
  • Mentor: Michael O’Rorke

Second Place Award

The A Team

  • Grace Gerdts
  • Katherine McDonald
  • Redwan Bin Abdul Baten
  • Sydney K Prochaska
  • Alexander Barnett
  • Mentor: Jeff Dawson

Third Place Award

Team B

  • Joanne Constantin
  • Hannah Patrick
  • Megan Laffoon
  • Montala Carruthers
  • Amanda Sursely
  • Mentor: Anjali Deshpande

Runners Up


  • Aravinthasamy Sivamurugan
  • Arman Hlas
  • Eric Ortiz
  • Emma Nelson

Lane Violation

  • Nathan Cunicelli
  • Andrew Huffman
  • Kendall Elliot


Thanks to the faculty mentors: Jeff Dawson, Anjali Deshpande, Cara Hamann, Mary Charlton, and Michael O’Rorke

Thanks to the judges: Roberto Castro, Professor of Sociology, National Autonomous University of Mexico; Russell Ganim, Associate Provost and Dean of International Programs, University of Iowa; Denise Martinez, Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; and Ann Ricketts, Senior Assistant Vice President in the Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Iowa.

Special thanks to the following for their support of the case competition: Iowa Institute of Public Health Research and Policy, College of Public Health Research Office, Global Public Health Initiative, Dale and Linda Baker, and Emory University Global Health Institute