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.

2020 Cleveland Clinic Case Competition

Registration is open on the direct link HERE, through Friday, January 24 at 5 p.m. EST.

Registration Eligibility & Prizes

Registration Eligibility & Prizes

2020 Cleveland Clinic Case Competition

Registration is open now through Friday, January 24 at 5 p.m. EST

The event is designed to offer MHA, MPH, MHSA and MBA (healthcare focus) students the ability to translate academic concepts into solutions addressing an issue within one of the nation’s foremost healthcare organizations. This year’s case will be focused on a 2020 Cleveland Clinic enterprise strategic initiative.  All cases will be reviewed by Cleveland Clinic leaders, and the top 16 semi-finalist teams will be invited on-site to present their cases to a panel of executives. Each of the 4 presenting finalist teams will receive cash prizes and awards.

Cleveland Clinic is pleased to invite teams of three or four students to register on the direct link HERE

Teams entered must consist of MHA, MPH, MHSA or MBA students or students enrolled in equivalent graduate programs. Additionally, at least one team member must be in their first year. Details and competition rules will be forthcoming after registration is complete. Please note the following important items and dates:

  • Registration deadline: Friday, January 24 at 5 p.m. EST
    • Team Registration is free for first round case submissions (only 1 team member needs to register)
    • On-site Team Registration Fee is $400 per semi-finalist team (only 16 teams will be invited on-site)
  • Eligibility: MHA/MPH/MHSA or MBA students or students enrolled in equivalent graduate programs
    • Former Cleveland Clinic Interns may notregister or participate
  • Case released: Thursday, February 13 at 3 p.m. EST
  • Case submissions returned: Monday, February 17 at 8 a.m. EST
  • On-site presentation: Thursday, April 9 – Health Education Center
  • Finalist on-site presentation: Friday, April 10 – Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Key items to note:

  • Registration is FREE for each 3-4 MHA/MPH/MBA student team for first round review
  • $400 for 16 semi-finalist teams invited on-site (fees paid in after semi-finalist teams notified)
  • There is no limit on how many teams per school or program can register
  • Cash prizes are awarded to each of the four finalists
  • Discounted hotel rates are offered to on-site presenters and faculty
Benefits of Participating

Benefits of Participating

Exposure to Senior Leaders

Cleveland Clinic’s case competition affords students the ability to network, present, and receive feedback from senior leaders currently working and leading the field Leverage the unparalleled opportunity to network with highly-esteemed and multidisciplinary healthcare executives of a world-renowned health system. Our case competition is also an opportunity to gain a better understanding of how health care leaders think and prioritize concerns as top health executives probe into your proposed solution during a Q&A session.


Healthcare is a small field, having connections from organizations students may not otherwise interact with is a huge asset. Not only does the case competition provide the opportunity to learn from other MBA and MHA students attending top ranked graduate programs across the nation, it also helps bolster an expansive professional network and cultivate lifelong professional and personal relationships.

Teamwork & Collaboration

Cleveland Clinic’s case competition provides the opportunity for students to apply classroom learnings to timely challenges facing the field while working in the team-based model that healthcare is today. Students learn to leverage the unique skill set and personality of a team in order to work towards a common goal.

The Competition

Practice makes perfect. Cleveland Clinic’s case competition will provide students the opportunity to practice presenting both your individual ideas and large amounts of information in a challenging environment which will better prepare you for success in your personal and professional leadership journey. Students will translate classroom concepts into feasible, innovative, and sustainable solutions for complex healthcare challenges faced in the real world while obtaining thorough and constructive feedback from industry experts across the Cleveland Clinic enterprise to further personal development and presentation style.

Post-Graduate Opportunities

Through our case competition, students will gain exposure to Cleveland Clinic as an organization and as a fellowship program. We hope this visibility and opportunity to learn more will further expand interest in a career at Cleveland Clinic. The Cleveland Clinic case competition is a great opportunity to gain insight into the operations of a top health system.

Career preparation

Our case competition offers the opportunity to make complex decisions based on limited information and practice moving forward in ambiguous situations. Students learn how to strategize and think through operationalizing initiatives taking into consideration limited resources.

2019 Case Competition

2019 Case Competition

We are pleased to share the results of the 6th Cleveland Clinic MBA/MHA Case Competition held this April, 2019. Graduate students from top MBA/MHA/MPH 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, followed by the final four teams competing at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. This year’s case on growth strategy recommendations for the Cleveland Clinic + Oscar Health product, provided a robust educational experience for the students.

The teams presented their case recommendations to 24 executive judges on Day 1 with an interactive session with Adrienne Boissy, MD, and a conversation and Q&A with Dr. Mihaljevic. The top 4 teams presented to finalist judges: Dennis Weaver, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Oscar Health, Josette Beran, Michael Harrington, William Peacock and Herbert Wiedemann, MD. The final judges along with, Karen Mihalik, also participated in a panel discussion and Q&A session, followed by announcements of the team awards.

Results are listed below along with winning team photos, and a few photos from the two-day event.

Place Team Name Graduate Program Amount
First The Charge Masters University of Michigan $15,000
Second 360 Health Solutions University of Michigan $9,000
Third Pardon the Disruption University of Minnesota $6,000
Fourth Synapse Strategies University of California, Los Angeles $4,000
Previous Competition

Previous Competition

2018 Case Competition

Case Overview

The 2018 Case Competition case focused on the Orthopaedic growth strategy and provided a great educational experience for the students. The teams presented their case recommendations to 24 executive judges, with an interactive innovations session with William Morris, MD, and a conversation with Tomislav Mihaljevic, MD, CEO & President, to end the day.

The final 4 teams presented their case recommendations on Day 2 to executive judges: Murali Gangadharan, Jonathan Schaffer, MD, Lisa Yerian, MD, and James Young, MD. Dr. Schaffer gave an engaging presentation followed by a panel discussion with the Executive Judges and Rick Byers, prior to the announcements of the final 4 winners:

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. The Ohio State University
  2. The Ohio State University
  3. University of Michigan
  4. University of Minnesota

Executive Judges and Panel

  • Rick Byers
  • Murali Gangadharan
  • Jonathan Schaffer, MD
  • Lisa Yerian, MD
  • James Young, MD

2017 Case Competition

Case Overview

Our 4th Cleveland Clinic MBA/MHA Case Competition 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 in April. 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 the executive judges:

Finalist Placing & Champion

  1. Rush University
  2. Trinity University
  3. George Washington University
  4. Kellogg School of Management
    Northwestern University

Executive Judges

  • Ann Huston, Chief Strategy Officer
  • Stephen Jones, MD, President, Regional Hospital & Family Health Centers
  • Brian Harte, MD, President, Akron General Hospital
  • Janice Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, Regional Operations
  • William Peacock, Chief of Operations

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: On-sites are held over the course of 2 days. All teams will have 15 minutes to give their presentations followed by up to 10 minutes of Q&A. On the first day, the 16 quarter-finalist teams will present during the morning. After review, the top eight teams will advance to the semi-final presentation, held in the afternoon of that same day. The first day presentations are closed to presenters and their respective school representatives. The final four advancing teams present their recommendations the next morning; these presentations are open viewing to all event participants/school representatives.

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: 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:

Melvonna Williams 
Administrative Program Coordinator III
Cleveland Clinic
3175 Science Park Drive, AC423
Beachwood, OH 44122 
Email: william30@ccf.org