Learn more about the Pitch Competition and the Penn student winners in this video.


At the Student Public Health Pitch Competition on April 27th, Penn students presented a wide-ranging list of public health issues including: “End of Life Conversations with LGBT Elders,” “Improving Global Surgical Care in Low and Middle Income Countries” and  ” Addressing Health Inequity in Homeless, Minorities, and Other Socially Disenfranchised Groups in Upper Darby and West Philadelphia.”

The undergraduate competitors represented Penn’s College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering & Applied Science, School of Nursing and the Wharton School. The graduate school competitors came from the Annenberg School for Communication, Fels Institute of Government, School of Nursing, School of Social Policy & Practice, Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School.

Two awards were granted in both undergraduate and graduate categories.  The People’s Choice Award was determined by online voting immediately after the presentations.  The Judges’ Award was made by a panel of public health researchers and experts which included

(top row)

Stephenie Lemon, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Worcester PRC, Douglas J. Wiebe, PhD, University of Pennsylvania PRC

(second row)

Jamie Chriqui, PhD, MHS, University of Illinois at Chicago PRC, Melissa Akers, MPH, CPH, Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN), Carolyn Johnson, PhD,Tulane University PRC










Students received their awards from Karen Glanz, PhD, MPH, Director of the UPenn PRC.

The Graduate Judges’ and People’s Choice Awards were given to Matt Miclette for his presentation “Take Back Our City (Expanding Prescription Take Back in Pharmacies.).”





The Undergraduate Judges Award was given to Ryan Leone, College of Arts & Sciences” for his presentation on “Unmaking Mistakes: How We Can Resolve Malpractice Dilemmas.”






The Undergraduate People’s Choice Award went to Sujatha Changolkar for her presentation, “Factors That Influence Penn Students’ Interactions with the Student Health System.”







Congratulations to all the students who participated!