Humana-Mays Rules

Humana-Mays Healthcare Analytics Case Competition

This competition offers an opportunity for U.S. master’s students to showcase their analytical skills and solve real-world business problem for Humana utilizing real data. Basic eligibility is for graduate students currently enrolled in a Master’s Program. Each team is comprised of 2-4 people. Your team must be registered to compete.

Case Competition Overview

Thank You To Our Sponsor

Competition: August 1 – November 9

Location: Virtual Competition

Team Registration Deadline: September 22, 2023

For general information, please email

Competition Official Rules

1.Location -Responding to COVID-19. 

The Humana-Mays Healthcare Analytics Competition is adapting to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. The final round of the competition is virtual.



Students enrolled and taking classes part-time or full-time in an accredited Master of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Information Systems, Master of Public Health, Master of Business Administration program, or other similar master’s programs that educate students in business, health care, or analytics at an educational institution based in the United States are eligible to enter.

Students must be currently enrolled and taking classes and must not have graduated from the qualifying program at the time of the final round of case competition presentations.

In addition, students must also be physically located in the US from the date of team registration to the final presentations, excluding personal short-term travel of fewer than two (2) weeks. Employees of Humana Inc. are not eligible to participate.


Teams must be made up of two to four (2-4) participants from the same school. Although multiple teams from the same school may enter the competition, a student may not be on more than one team.  If a participant is unable to, or chooses not to, complete the competition, no substitution is permitted.  If the team falls below the two-person minimum due to a member leaving, the team is no longer eligible to compete.  For teams to be eligible, teams must submit each team member’s name, student email address, and telephone number. Each team member must sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA), and these must be uploaded to the website by the registration deadline listed in the timeline.  By registering the team agrees to adhere to all rules laid forth by the Sponsor and Organizer of this competition.


4.Resources and Ethics Statement.

The case competition business topic is designed to be ambiguous; such that it mimics real-world business problems, not thoroughly defined.  Students are encouraged to do their own research to educate themselves about healthcare, in general, the specific topic of interest, etc. However, coaching and mentoring from outside sources, other than your registered teammates, is not allowed.  These outside sources include but are not limited to, university faculty, university teaching assistants, university staff, or other professional consultants in related fields. By registering for the Humana-Mays Case Competition, each team acknowledges that they will participate with academic honesty and intellectual integrity.  Failure to do so will result in the entire team’s disqualification.

5. Key Dates

August 1, 2023 Informational Call Registration Opens

    • Join the kick-off call to find out more details about this year’s competition: business issue, data overview, key dates, etc.
    • September 13, 2023 Virtual Informational Call – 4:00 p.m. CT
      Informational Call will be recorded and posted within 3 business days on the competition website

August 1 – September 22, 2023 Team Registration Open

    • To be verified, ALL team members must be registered and have signed Non-Disclosure Agreements submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. CT on September 22nd.
    • Competition data will be distributed to registered and verified teams starting after the 9/13 Informational Call and ending after the registration deadline of 9/22. (Typically, data will be available no more than 48 hours after registration & verification)

September 26, 2023 Virtual Q&A Workshop – 4:00 p.m. CT

    • Question and Answer session with Humana data specialists.
    • Workshop will be recorded and posted within 3 business days on the competition website

September 25 –29, 2023 // October 2 – 5, 2023

    • Leaderboard – Holdout files are electronically submitted via the competition website. Files submitted by 11:00 a.m. CT will be processed, and results posted no later than 7:00 p.m. CT of the same day. 1 submission per team, per day.

October 6, 2023 Round One Final Submission Deadline

    • Files are due by 5:00 p.m. CT and the top 50 teams progressing to Round Two will be posted no later than 11:59 p.m CT

October 15, 2023 Round Two Submission Deadline

    • Electronically submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT via submission button on the competition website.

October 27, 2023 Top 5 Finalists advancing to Finals

    • Announced via competition website at 7:00 p.m. CT

November 1, 2023 Presenters Availability Verification

    • Presenters must verify their availability to participate virtually (see Round Three requirements below).

November 8, 2023 Final Presentation Submission Deadline

    • Electronically submitted by 5:00 p.m. CT via submission button on the competition website

November 8, 2023 Finals Reception

    • Finalists, Humana, and Texas A&M University 5:00-6:30 p.m. CT

November 9, 2023 Finals Presentations

    • Opening Ceremony begins at 7:30 a.m. CT. Estimated ending time is 1:00 p.m. CT

November 9, 2023 Winners announced at Awards Presentation

December 15, 2023 Prizes awarded to winning teams (Approximate date)

6. Judging

Entries will be judged in three (3) rounds.

Round One

This round is a simple quantitative evaluation of a team’s solution based on its ability to accurately predict the specific business issue and provide a ‘fair’ (i.e., equal opportunity) solution.

  • Submissions will be evaluated using a holdout file where the team provides a predicted score and comparing their predicted score to the known result, held by Humana.
    • Accuracy will be measured using the observed ROC curve and AUC metric
    • Fairness will be measured using the observed Disparity score based on RACE and SEX
  • The top 50 solutions based on accuracy & fairness solutions will advance to Round Two. If there is a tie for the 50th spot, all teams tying for that position will advance. After the advancing teams are announced, no other teams will advance, even if one or more advancing teams drops out or is deemed ineligible.
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