Student Case Study Competition

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Salt Lake City

This competition gives undergraduate and graduate students of health education the opportunity to display their developing expertise.

Teams of two to three students are challenged to solve a real-world health issue using the competencies required for a school or community health educator.

Case scenarios are provided to confirmed teams two weeks before the competition which takes place prior to the SOPHE Annual Conference.

Students prepare a response to their assigned case scenario. They present their response to judges in a 25-minute closed forum without the aid of technology.

Register for the SOPHE 2019 Case Study Competition


  • Register the team by the December 14, 2018 deadline.
  • Pay the $100 registration fee for each team. The registration fee cover expenses associated directly with the competition. Paid registration fee is required to participate.
  • Submit names of participating students.


  • Registrations accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. Register early to confirm your team.
  • Upon confirmation, the team’s faculty sponsor must pay the $100  invoiced registration fee by December 15, 2018. Teams with a late payment registration will forfeit their registration.
  • If a college/university cancels the registration 30 days prior to the competition, they are ineligible to participate the following year.
  • All undergraduate and graduate students must be identified before the team is confirmed.
  • Each college or university may register only one team in each level – graduate and undergraduate.
  • Preference may be to graduate student teams of a school without an undergraduate team.
  • All confirmed teams will receive a case study scenario addressing a specific health issue two weeks before the competition. For 2019, case studies are provided on March 12, 2019.
  • Participating students must work independently as a team. Students may not include peers, sponsors or other faculties in the issue preparation.
  • Teams must present response without the aid of technology, e.g., no PowerPoint, audio, video, internet, social media or mobile devices.
  • Teams have the freedom to address the issue as they see fit but are encouraged to show competence in the program planning and implementation processes outlined in the Responsibilities and Competencies for Health Education Specialists.
  • Confirmed students and faculty sponsors must:
    • Register for SOPHE’s Annual Conference
    • Attend the case study competition on March 26, 2019, in Salt Lake City
    • Attend the Student Case Study Awards Presentation during the plenary session on March 27, 2019
    • *Pay a $100 fee to register for the competition. This fee covers competition expenses – meeting room, judges participation, awards and other logistics. Registration fee is due December 31, 2018 to confirm team participation. The fee is refundable only if written cancellation is sent to 30 days prior to the competition.

Graduate Student Teams

  • Up to six graduate teams are confirmed for the competition on a first-come, first served basis. There is a wait list to accommodate last minute team withdrawals until March 12.
  • All registered graduate teams must have two graduate health education students and one faculty sponsor.
  • Teams will present on March 26, 2019.

Undergraduate Student Teams

  • Up to 12, undergraduate teams are confirmed for the competition on a first-come, first served basis. There is a wait list to accommodate last minute team withdrawals until March 12. 2019.
  • All registered undergraduate teams must have two to three undergraduate health education students and one faculty sponsor.
  • Teams are divided into two groups – six teams in each group.
  • The top three teams from each group will give a second presentation to the full panel of judges.

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2018 Winning Teams

Graduate Winners:
1st place: University of Florida
2nd place: University of Toledo

Undergraduate Winners:
1st place: University of Central Oklahoma
2nd place: Northern Iowa University
3rd place: Eastern Illinois University and Western Michigan University