The UCF team of Sarah Cox and Natalia Warren, both students in the master’s degree program in health services administration, took second place out of 29 teams from across the country in the national Health Administration Case Competition, sponsored by the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Health System. By placing second, they each won a cash prize of $2,000.

The competition took place Feb. 16-17 in Birmingham and included teams from Johns Hopkins University, Baylor University, Georgetown University, the University of Michigan, the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Mount Sinai University took first place.

Cox and Warren earned second place under the mentorship of Associate Professor Dawn Oetjen. Like each of the competing teams, they received a health-care case to analyze. They then formed recommendations, presented in a written executive summary, PowerPoint document and handouts.

The competition “is designed to be a capstone experience that tests [students’] analytic, teamwork, communication and presentation skills,” according to the Case Competition Web site. Graduate students enrolled in a CAHME-accredited health administration program are eligible to compete.