Texas A&M: Mays Business School, Humana Announce Fifth Annual Healthcare Analytics Case Competition

The Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and leading health and well-being company Humana Inc. have announced the details of the 2021 Humana-Mays Healthcare Analytics Case Competition to showcase students’ analytical abilities to solve a real-world business problem.

The prize package for the winning teams has increased to $80,000, with $50,000 for first place, $20,000 for second place, and $10,000 for third place. The fifth annual competition will be held virtually and is open to all accredited educational institutions based in the United States.

“Healthcare is one of the three grand challenges established at Mays during our strategic planning process. This process also yielded our vision, which is to advance the world’s prosperity,” said Duane Ireland, interim dean of Mays Business School. “The national analytics competition is an important part of our commitment to address healthcare issues. Enhancing the quality of this competition is the fact that it attracts the brightest graduate students from across the country. Using real-world, anonymized data in the case, the analyses students complete create high-impact learning opportunities for them while influencing the future of the dynamic healthcare industry.”

Full-time and part-time master’s students from accredited master of science, master of arts, master of information systems, master of public health, and master of business administration programs, or other similar master’s programs in business, healthcare, or analytics, are eligible to enter. Students are invited to create teams of two to four to tackle a real-world case. Each team can only include students from the same school.

The teams will be judged based on the following criteria:

Quantitative analysis identifying key business insights
Professionalism, data visualization, and presentation skills
Ability to provide meaningful implications and recommendations based on results/insights
Key dates for 2021 participants include:

Sept. 8: Virtual kickoff call for prospective participants
Sept. 17: Team registration due
Sept. 24: Virtual Q&A session with competition leadership
Oct. 10: Completed team analysis due
Oct. 22: Finalists selected and notified
Nov. 11: Virtual presentations to executive panel; winners announced
“At Humana, we’re passionate about helping our members achieve their best health. We’re excited about the opportunity to partner with my alma mater Texas A&M University on this unique real-world experience for students,” said Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard. “We recognize healthcare can be challenging and complex. The future of health care depends greatly upon data analytics as a means of creating personalized experiences and designing a better system for our members – one that’s simple to navigate, connected and contributes to better health outcomes. “

Prior top winners include The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (2020); University of California, Los Angeles (2018 & 2019); and Purdue University (2017).

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