Each year the National Academy of Medicine organizes the DC Public Health Case Challenge in the month of October. The main aim of this competition is to promote interdisciplinary, problem-based learning around a public health issue that faces the local Washington, DC, community. USUHS each year sends a team of five to six members from the graduate school representing diverse disciplines.
Teams are given a case, written by students from the participating universities, that provides background information on a local public health problem. Teams have a limited amount of time (about a week) to devise a comprehensive intervention, which they present to an expert panel of judges.
Teams are judged on the interdisciplinary nature of their response, feasibility of implementation, creativity, and practicality.
2016 case topic is "The changing Americancity and implications for health and well-being of vulnerable populations".