Announcement of APRU Global Health Student Competitions 2019
August 14, 2019

Each year, the Global Health Program organizes student competitions to encourage young talent to address real-world challenges and showcase their research skills across the Asia-Pacific. We thank all the participants and judges who contributed their expertise. Congratulations to all the winners and finalists of 2019 student poster contest and virtual case competition!

Winners of Global Health Student Poster Contest

Selected within 54 submissions from 24 universities in Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and the United States, we give a big congratulations to the winners of the APRU Global Health Student Poster Contest 2019.


1st place: Lei Huang, The University of Macau (see the poster here)
“Fast food restaurant density and weight status: A spatial analysis among Filipina migrant workers in Macao (SAR), People’s Republic of China.”

2nd place: Cynthia Sin Nga Lam, The University of Hong Kong
“How are students combating noncommunicable diseases?: A review of intervention design in NCD projects initiated by medical students.”

3rd place (tie): Ida Ayu Gede Jyotidiwy and Nur Rachmat SatriaUniversity of Indonesia
“Musculoskeletal & eyes symptoms due to posture while using mobile phone among elderly and young user.”

3rd place (tie): Wonjun Jang, Sangeun Je, Ahra Cho, and Do Yun Kim, POSTECH
“Treatment system for severe dementia patients using multi sensory stimulation.”

1st place: Chia-pei Lin, National Taiwan University (see the poster here)
“The association between religion and self-rated health: A case of Taiwan.”

2nd place: Gina L. Leipertz, The University of Sydney
“Factors associated with pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) awareness and interest among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Shanghai, China who use geosocial networking (GSN) applications.”

3rd place: Malia E Skjefte, Harvard University
“The biological factors affecting the performance of HRP2-based malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs)”


Finalists of Global Health Student Virtual Case Competition

The fourth annual APRU Global Health Case Competition challenges students to address “Social Networking Intervention to Promote Physical Activity Among Young People in Urban Environments

In this challenge, teams were asked to develop a hypothetical intervention to increase physical activity rates among young people in an urban environment in the Asia-Pacific region. The intervention plan shows the integration of incorporate innovative, cost-effective, and culturally-appropriate strategies that are evidence-based.

The case competition gives students an opportunity to practice their critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to help solve global health challenges. Teams of 4-6 students provide a 10-minute video in English, proposing a realistic, well designed, and innovative solution.

The three finalists (in no order):

  • University of Indonesia (Makara team)
  • The University of Hong Kong (JAJA team)
  • UCLA (The Gamechangers team)

The winner is JAJA team. A prize of USD 500 will be awarded.
Please find their video here.


For more information or inquiries, please contact Dr. Melissa Withers at [email protected]