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Texas A&M, Humana Announce Humana-Mays Health Care Analytics 2018 Case Competition

August 29, 2018

Purdue team members Hongxia Shi, Shenyang Yang, and Xiangyi Che won first place. They are flanked by Arvind Mahajan of Mays Business School, left, and Vipin Gopal of Humana, right.
Winners of last year’s inaugural Humana-Mays Health Care Analytics Case Competition are flanked by Arvind Mahajan of Mays Business School, left, and Vipin Gopal of Humana, right.
By Diane C. McDonald, Texas A&M University Mays Business School

Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and health and well-being company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) are launching the Humana-Mays Health Care Analytics 2018 Case Competition to showcase students’ analytical abilities to solve a real-world business problem. The case competition is open to all accredited colleges in the United States.

Students enrolled full-time in accredited Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Information Systems, Master of Public Health, or Master of Business Administration programs at an educational institution based in the United States are eligible to enter. Students are invited to join in groups of two to three students—from the same school—to tackle a real-world case that will be announced in September.

“We’re proud to host one of the top national competitions known for attracting the brightest MS/MBA students in the country to use data analytics in solving a real-world business problem in health care,” Mays Business School Dean Eli Jones said.

The prizes for the winning teams have been significantly increased this year to $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, and $5,000 for third place.

“Emerging technologies and richer analytics will continue to create new opportunities and change the way many industries do business, especially health care,” Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard said. “We’re excited to partner once again with Texas A&M, my alma mater, on this challenge and help students develop the leadership skills needed to thrive during transformative times.”

The teams will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Ability to establish key performance indicators aligned to business needs
  • Quantitative analysis identifying key business insights
  • Ability to provide unique insights for business improvements
  • Professionalism and visualization skills

In 2017, more than 300 master’s degree candidates representing 109 teams from 19 major universities in the U.S. registered for the competition. Students Hongxia Shi, Shenyang Yang, and Xiangyi Che from Purdue University received the top prize.

Key dates for 2018 participants include:

  • Sept. 12: Virtual kickoff for prospective participants
  • Sept. 18: Team submissions due (2-3 members from same school)
  • Sept. 26: Pre-submission workshop for participants
  • Oct. 10: Completed team analysis due
  • Nov. 14: Final presentations to executive panel at Mays Business School’s CityCentre Houston location; winners announced

For more information and complete rules, visit

About Mays Business School

At Mays Business School, we step up to advance the world’s prosperity. Our mission is to be a vibrant learning organization that creates impactful knowledge and develops transformational leaders. Mays Business School educates more than 6,400 undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students in accounting, finance, management, management information systems, marketing, and supply chain management. Mays consistently ranks among the top public business schools in the country for its programs and for faculty research.

About Humana

Humana Inc. is committed to helping our millions of medical and specialty members achieve their best health. Our successful history in care delivery and health plan administration is helping us create a new kind of integrated care with the power to improve health and well-being and lower costs. Our efforts are leading to a better quality of life for people with Medicare, families, individuals, military service personnel, and communities at large.

To accomplish that, we support physicians and other health care professionals as they work to deliver the right care in the right place for their patients, our members. Our range of clinical capabilities, resources and tools – such as in-home care, behavioral health, pharmacy services, data analytics and wellness solutions – combine to produce a simplified experience that makes health care easier to navigate and more effective.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at, including copies of:

  • Annual reports to stockholders
  • Securities and Exchange Commission filings
  • Most recent investor conference presentations
  • Quarterly earnings news releases and conference calls
  • Calendar of events
  • Corporate Governance information


Media contact: Kelli Reynolds, Mays Business School, (979) 845-3167,

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