On April 10-12, Saint Louis University hosted its Annual Public Health Scholar bowl, and for the first time Johns Hopkins University fielded a team! Entirely student-driven (where most participants had a dedicated coach), the squad was made up of Maria Diaz, John DeBella, Kylie Liu, Chanjun Park, Ching Xie, Emily Hu, and Yaritza Rodriguez, all underclassmen in Public Health Studies. The competition was fierce, with seven universities represented in two areas: high-speed trivia and a case study competition.
The team received a case to solve three weeks prior to the competition, then put together a presentation for a set of judges who decided the winners. The team had received feedback on their draft presentation less than one week prior to the event (special thanks to Jessica O’Neill, Raychel Santo, and Kristian Hayes for their expert assistance), and worked hard to strengthen it in time. Their hard work and knowledge paid off, when their presentation on solutions to food desert issues in Baltimore City was declared the winner of the Case Study Competition, 2015! These students brought the glory home to PHS, and their plaque hangs proudly in our offices. Congratulations to the team, and we look forward to seeing what they can do next year!