Case Study Competition Rules South



The Cleveland Clinic Case Competition is designed to offer graduate level students in health administration the opportunity to apply their coursework to a real-world situation and develop recommendations to a team of executives at an internationally recognized health system. Participants are given a weekend to develop recommendations to be reviewed by a team of Cleveland Clinic physicians and administrators. Students from top masters programs across the country are invited to participate in the event.

Registration Eligibility & Prizes

Registration Eligibility & Prizes


Registration for the 2018 Cleveland Clinic MBA/MHA Case Competition opens Friday, December 22, 2017 through Friday, January 19, 2018. Below is the direct link to register:

(Please note: only 1 team member needs to register)

Teams entered must consist of MHA/MPH or MBA students or students enrolled in equivalent graduate programs.   At least one team member must be in their first year.  Additionally, current employees and previous employees of Cleveland Clinic (including interns), are not eligible to participate.  Details and competition rules will be forthcoming after registration is complete. Please note the following important dates:

  • Registration deadline: Friday, January 19 at 5:00 PM EST
  • Case released: Thursday, February 15 at 5:00 PM EST
  • Case submissions returned: Monday, February 19 at 8:00 AM EST
  • Onsite presentation: Thursday, April 12 – Global Center for Health Innovation
  • Finalist on-site presentation: Friday, April 13 – Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Also note:

  • Registration is FREE for each 3-4 MHA/MPH/MBA student team
  • There is no limit on how many teams per school/program can register
  • Cash prizes are awarded to each of the four finalists
  • Discounted hotel rates are offered to on-site presenters


Cash prizes are awarded to each of the four finalists:

  • 1st Place: $15,000
  • 2nd Place: $9,000
  • 3rd Place: $6,000
  • 4th Place: $4,000
2017 Case Competition

2017 Case Competition

We are pleased to share the results of the 4th Cleveland Clinic MBA/MHA Case Competition for students this spring. This year’s case focused on the Southern Region Strategy and provided a great educational experience to students. Graduate students from top MBA/MHA schools submitted cases in mid-February, and the top 16 teams were invited for a ‘live’ on-site competition at the Global Center for Health Innovation on Thursday, April 13, and the final four teams competed at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus on Friday, April 14. The final 4 teams presented their case recommendations to executive judges: Ann Huston, Stephen Jones, MD, Brian Harte, MD, William Peacock and Jan Murphy. Drs. Jones and Harte gave a presentation on the case ‘solution’, followed by a panel discussion with all judges, moderated by Jan Murphy, prior to the announcements of the final 4 winners. Results are listed below along with winning team photos, and a few photos from the two-day event.

PlaceTeam NameGraduate Program
FirstThe VisionariesRush University
SecondAlamo HealthTrinity University
ThirdBlue Oceans PartnersGeorge Washington University
FourthLifesavers TeamKellogg School of Management
Northwestern University
  • Rush University’s first place team is pictured here with the Executive Judges. Pictured left to right are: Bill Peacock, Ann Huston, Shanna Koickal, Blake Dobrich, Jillian DeMik, Stephen Jones, MD and Brian Harte, MD.

  • 2nd place: Trinity University (students pictured left to right): Turner Willis, Hanna Batory, Piotr Gorecki, and Adam Child.

  • 3rd place: George Washington University (students pictured left to right): Khang Vuong, Alexis Martins, and Colin McMillan.

  • 4th place: Kellogg School of Management (students pictured left to right): Caroline Ferreira, Michelle de Camargo Rocha, Eduardo Amorim, and Lucas Ferreira Campos.

  • Delos Cosgrove, MD, Executive Advisor & Former CEO and Gina Cronin, Executive Director of Global Leadership & Learning Institute, during a Q& A session.

  • Q&A photo of students at the Case Competition.

  • Group photo during Network Reception in the Cleveland Clinic Suites at the Global Center for Health Innovation.

  • Day 2: Speaker/Panel Session - Stephen Jones, MD

  • Day 2: Speaker/Panel Session - Moderated by Jan Murphy

  • Day 2: Executive Judges. Pictured left to right are: Stephen Jones, MD, Ann Huston, Brian Harte, MD, and Bill Peacock.

Previous Competition

Previous Competition

2016 Case Competition

Case Overview

The 3rd annual Cleveland Clinic Case Competition was held Thursday, April 7 and Friday, April 8, 2016. The case focused on our international strategy in London and required participants to use both quantitative and qualitative skills to develop a three-year market entry strategy for Cleveland Clinic London. Participants were given a weekend to develop recommendations through a written executive summary and PowerPoint. The team’s innovative recommendations ranged from developing research and education partnerships with the NHS to creating consumer-centric health kiosks for heart and cardiac screenings.

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. University of Michigan
  2. University of California Los Angeles
  3. Kellogg School of Management
  4. Yale School of Public Health

Executive Judges

  • Ann Huston - Chief Strategy Officer
  • Steven Glass - Chief Financial Officer
  • Marc Harrison, MD – Chief of International Business Development
  • William Peacock – Chief of Operations

2015 Case Competition

Case Overview

The 2015 case was centered on strategic growth of Cleveland Clinic Florida. The case required teams to use both quantitative and qualitative skills to develop a five-year growth plan for Florida in a highly competitive market. Teams were provided a dataset with detailed inpatient data for the Southeast Florida market as well as several accompanying sources of information pertaining to the region. Students were asked to focus their recommendations on overall positioning, service line growth, innovative affiliation models with payers, and alignment of a fragmented physician market.

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. University of California Los Angeles
  2. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  3. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  4. Ohio State University

2014 Case Competition

Case Overview

The 2014 case focused on the strategy of Cleveland Clinic’s Heart & Vascular Institute (HVI) in the rapidly changing healthcare environment. Students were given detailed information and data on the Institute’s quality and patient experience metrics, virtual program offerings, as well as recent expansion initiatives. Each team was tasked with developing innovative strategies to grow HVI’s patient network and a framework for the transition to value-based care. Students were also asked to articulate how Cleveland Clinic can use unique methods of direct patient outreach to build awareness of the HVI affiliate network and care model.

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  2. Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
  3. University of Michigan
  4. Cornell

Past Participants

  • Baruch College, Zicklin School of Management
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Columbia Business School
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
  • Florida International University
  • George Washington University
  • Indiana University, Kelley School of Business
  • New York University
  • New York University, Stern School of Business
  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management
  • Ohio State University
  • Rush University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas State University
  • Trinity University
  • Union Graduate College
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Florida
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan, Ross School of Business
  • University of Missouri Columbia
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Virginia
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Yale University


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the deliverables that are required for submission?
A: Each team is required to submit the following deliverables:

  • Executive summary (2-3 pages inclusive of graphics and tables)
  • PowerPoint presentation

Q: Is there a limit to the number of slides for the presentation? 
A: There is not a specified slide limit. However, the presentation should take no more than 15 minutes to present. Teams will be judged, in part, on professional and concise slides that are visually interesting. Teams may reference appendix slides in the presentation.

Q: Are teams permitted to discuss and receive input on the case from professors or other healthcare professionals? 
A: Teams may not contact any employees of Cleveland Clinic Health System or its affiliates. In addition, participants may not consult with other healthcare professionals nor with professors.

Q: After the case is released, is there an opportunity to ask Cleveland Clinic clarifying questions regarding the content of the case? 
A: Yes. Cleveland Clinic will hold a brief phone conference the morning after the case is released to answer any clarifying questions from participants. Questions should be emailed in advance of the call.

Q: What is the structure of the on-site presentations? 
A: In Round One, teams will have 15 minutes to give their presentations followed by up to 10 minutes of Q&A. The top eight teams will advance to the semi-final presentation to be held in the afternoon. The final four teams will present their recommendations the following morning.

Q: Are teams allowed to modify their slide deck before the on-site presentation? 
A: Teams are permitted to make slight modifications to their presentations but are not permitted to change the recommendations.

Q: Does Cleveland Clinic cover the cost of lodging for teams invited to present on-site? 
A: Cleveland Clinic does not cover the cost of travel or lodging.

Q: Do teams need to have four members? 
A: Each team must have 3-4 members. For teams advancing to on-site presentations, each team member must present.

Q: May program directors and faculty attend the on-site presentations? 
A: Each school must clear with Cleveland Clinic in advance any non-team members who wish to attend the on-site presentations.

Q: What is the cost of registration? 
A: Registration is free.

Q: Can multiple teams from the same program or university participate? 
A: Yes. There is no limit on the number of teams per program or university.




For questions regarding registration for the Cleveland Clinic Case Competition, please contact:

Joan Cook 
Educational Coordinator
Cleveland Clinic
9500 Euclid Ave / TT3-306
Cleveland, OH 44195 

What is The CFO?

The CFO (Chief Financial Officer) is an annual, open-entry, and global multi-stage business strategy and leadership-focused case study competition, organised by The CharterQuest Institute South Africa. It challenges university students around the world to prove they can compete at the highest level: by solving a set of complex and integrated finance, operational, strategic and ethical problems that beset a real-world global business in the emerging markets.  

Download The CFO Global 2018 Brochure

The objective is to prepare the next generation of CFOs & Global Business Leaders by advocating a deeper incorporation of the Integrated Case Method into the curriculum; highlight the centrality of entrepreneurial and business acumen, teamwork, analytical, critical, creative as well as strategic thinking in honing their applied problem-solving skills in a multinational context.

The cadet version, The CFO Junior has now gone Continental for all High Schools in Africa, running side-by-side this globally-acclaimed intercountry university challenge. 

It is the premier and much-anticipated annual global event that brings together students, entry-level professionals, high schools, universities, professional bodies, policy makers and big business for one purpose: to inspire thenext generation of CFOs & Global Business Leaders. 

The competition is endorsed by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), CFO South Africa as well as the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK):

The 2018 global semi finals will be held at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) on October 2nd, 2018 and the global grand finale on October 3rd as part of Finance Indaba Africa Expo (Sandton Convention Center):

For more information about the competition, why enter and how you may seek to sponsor, key dates & timelines, the format & rounds, rules and other related matters, check the tab on your left.

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