SOPHE’s Student Health Edu-Thon*

Graduate and undergraduate health education student teams compete in SOPHE’s Student Health Edu-Thon.


During SOPHE’s Annual Conference, Student Health Edu-Thon Teams present an evidence-based scenario response that demonstrates their health education specialist competencies, uses of technology, and emerging methodologies.

Participant teams will create an innovative digital health campaign that addresses a current health education challenge.

Teams of 2-3 graduate students or 3-4 undergraduate students participate in separate competitions. There is a winning team from each group. The competition is limited to 6 graduate and 12 undergraduate teams.

On the days of the competition, each team has 30-minutes to display their presentations followed by 10-minutes of question & answer with the judges. More detailed information about the competition and health education challenge prompt will be distributed to all accepted teams.

Winning Prizes

Each member of the first-place team receives a $150 cash award, a SOPHE award certificate, recognition, and an opportunity to present their innovative winning approach during a future SOPHE webinar.

Elevate Your Career Potential

  • Demonstrate their health education specialist competencies.
  • Explore new ways to adapt technology and emerging methodologies to solve challenging scenarios.
  • Refine their skill set in research, writing, and communication.
  • Network with professionals in the health education and promotion profession.
  • Prepare for professional positions and add this new experience to your resume.
  • Collaborate with their peers to address a real-world public health challenge.
  • Obtain CECH for CHES®/MCHES®.

The SOPHE Student Health Edu-Thon is proudly sponsored by FAHE.


Check out SOPHE’s 2022 Student Health Edu-Thon winning teams

SOPHE’s 2022 Student Health Edu-Thon winning teams

Graduate Competition
1st Place: Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
Samantha Bertomen and Lisa Peters
2nd Place: University of Texas Health and Science Center at Houston
Alejandra Garcia Quintana, Anusha Sajja and Amrita Sidhu

Undergraduate Competition
1st Place: Truman State University
Kirstyn Dietle, Amanda Berry, Brody Asbury and Allison Oligschlaeger
2nd Place: Washington and Lee University
Avani Kashyap, Olivia Ullmann, Kiera Stankewich and Lizzy Nguyen
3rd Place: West Chester University
Brynn Myers, Avery Krot and Ava Sweeney

SOPHE’s 2021 Student Health Edu-Thon winning teams

Team Challenge: Health Education and COVID-19 Response Challenge: Combined Community Approach to Vaccinations

Graduate Competition
1st Place: University of Alabama
Students: Megan Williams, Jala Lockhart and Ny’Nika McFadden
Faculty Mentor: Amanda Wilkerson

2nd Place: Western Michigan University

Undergraduate Competition
1st Place: Western Michigan University
Students: Alison Yelsma, Erika Tuller and Sarah Goodson
Faculty Mentor: Robert Bensley

2nd Place: University of Indianapolis
3rd Place: Arizona State University

*formerly student case study competition