Frequently Asked Questions

What is the MIHIC?

The McMaster Interdisciplinary Health Idea Competition (MIHIC) is about identifying the next big idea in healthcare. As a collaboration between the McMaster Health Leadership Academy (HLA) and Canadian College of Health Leaders (CCHL) it aims to encourage students from different programs to work together as teams to present a concept they believe will drive the future of health and healthcare in Canada.

Who is eligible to part of the 2017 MIHIC?

To be part of the 2017 MIHIC, student teams must satisfy the following two criteria:

How many people can be on a team?

When applying online, the system will allow for a maximum of six team members to be added in the Phase 1; however, you may add (or subtract) any number of individuals from your team until the Phase 2 submission deadline. Note that all team members must be aware of changes being made to the team structure. Changes to team members must be submitted to Details to be included for new team members are as follows: full name, email address, undergraduate/graduate student status, name of program, year in the program, Mac ID, and full-time/part-time student status.

How do I apply?

To be part of the 2017 MIHIC, you must complete a Phase 1 team application. These are available on our Health Leadership Academy website from Monday January 30 at 5:00 PM through to Monday February 20 at 11:59 PM. Note that the applications require a detailed description of your team and project. The top ranked applications will proceed to Phase 2.

Is there a fee to be part of this competition?

There is no fee required to be part of the 2017 MIHIC.

How is the competition structured?

The 2017 MIHIC will occur in three phases:

  1. Online applications
    Open January 30 – February 20 2017 @ 11:59 PM EST

    Teams of McMaster undergraduate or graduate students submit a written outline of their Next Big Idea.

  2. Video submissions
    Open February 27 – March 20 2017 @ 11:59 PM EST

    Short-listed teams will be invited to submit a two-minute video providing further details of their Next Big Idea.

  3. Pitch presentations
    April 2017

    Finalist will be paired with mentors to fine-tune their 10-minute Next Big Idea pitch which will be evaluated by a panel of industry experts.


What types of projects are permitted?

We encourage you to be creative with your Big Health Ideas! Some topics to consider include, but are not limited to: Administration, Big Data & Informatics, Digital Technology, Education, Equity, Ethics, Knowledge Transfer, Law, Leadership, Medical Devices & Diagnostics, Patient Access, Patient Experience, Pharma, Policy, Privacy, Public Health / Health Promotion, Quality Improvement, Research, Security, System Transformation, Technology Transfer. Ideas can also blend one or more of these topic areas.

If my team wins this competition, what will we win?

The 2017 MIHIC winners will be eligible to win scholarships to the Emerging Health Leaders Program (EHL) or cash prizes of up to $5,000.

What is the Emerging Health Leaders Program?

The Emerging Health Leaders Program is a 14-day intensive leadership program for undergraduate and graduate students that will include a focus on personal leadership development, collaborative team-engagement skills, design thinking and change management capabilities.  At the end of this program, participants are more likely to:

How can I meet team members from other programs?

Students may seek out team members using the “McMaster Interdisciplinary Health Idea Competition” Facebook page found on!

Who can I contact if I have additional questions?

If you have any questions, please email

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