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


The dates for the 2018 Cleveland Clinic MBA/MHA Case Competition will be announced in the fall of 2017. Registration will open December, 2017.


Teams must consist of three to four current MHA or MBA students, or students enrolled in equivalent graduate programs. All team members must be available to present on-site if their team is selected. Additionally, at least one team member must be a first year graduate student.

2017 Prizes

  • 1st Place Team: $15,000 per team and opportunity to have an informational interview for the Administrative Fellowship or other career opportunities at Cleveland Clinic
  • 2nd Place Team: $9,000 per team
  • 3rd Place Team: $5,000 per team
  • 4th Place Teams: $3,000 per team
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 13th, and the final four teams competed at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus on Friday, April 14th. 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.

Place Team Name Graduate Program Team Award
First The Visionaries Rush University $15,000
Second Alamo Health Trinity University $9,000
Third Blue Oceans Partners George Washington University $6,000
Fourth Lifesavers Team Kellogg School of Management
Northwestern University
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 
Email: cookj8@ccf.org