Student Team Advisor: Lend your Public Health expertise to a student team during the course of the 8-day case competition (April 11-April19). You will be assigned a team of 5-7 students who may request to meet with you once or twice during the competition (typically a 60-90 minute meeting). Advisors will provide guidance on student ideas and proposals. No expertise in bicycle safety needed.
Competition Judge: Evaluate student proposals (oral presentation and policy memo) and provide feedback during the first round of competition. You will be part of a first-round faculty and staff judges panel evaluating the students performance. Winning teams will move on to the final round and present to external (non-HSPH) judges. Time commitment: approximately two hours in the mid-day of Friday, April 19. No expertise in bicycle safety needed.
Spring Challenge Timeline: April 11-19, 2013 You are invited to all Spring Challenge events
5:30PM, Thursday, April 11: Spring Challenge Opening Reception
Friday, April 12 - Thursday, 18: Spring Challenge Content and Expert Briefings, Skill Training Workshops
Afternoon, Friday, April 19: Final Competition & Closing Reception
Coverage of 2012 HSPH Spring Challenge http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/students-health-policy-challenge-2012/
HSPH Spring Challenge Background
The HSPH Spring Challenge is an 8-day public policy case competition focused on developing solutions to a current and compelling public health challenge. Interdisciplinary student teams gain knowledge and skills in expert briefings, and present their recommendations to real decision-makers. The competition is open to the entire HSPH student body; the planning committee is a student-led team of students, staff and faculty.
The Spring Challenge provides a great experiential leadership development opportunity. Staff and faculty support and coach the student planning committee and the competition participants on leadership development skills in real time. 2012 was the inaugural run with 65 participating students. Many students ranked the 2012 Spring Challenge as one of their top HSPH experiences, citing the hands-on experience of working in interdisciplinary teams combined with coaching in group dynamics and policy making as highlights. Last year’s winners presented their recommendations to the Massachusetts Legislature’s Prevention Caucus.