Case Study Competition

This competition gives undergraduate and graduate health education majors the opportunity to display their 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 registered teams two weeks before the competition. Students prepare their response to their assigned case scenario, which they present at SOPHE’s Annual Conference, in a 25-minute closed forum, to the judges without the aid of technology.


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  • Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to reserve your space.
  • All undergraduate and graduate students must be identified before they can qualify as a competitor.
  • Each college or university may register only one graduate team and/or one undergraduate team.
  • Preference for graduate student teams will be given to those schools without an undergraduate team.
  • Student teams will receive a case study scenario addressing a specific health issue.
  • Participating students must work independently as a team.
  • Students may not include peers, sponsors or other faculties in the issue resolution or the presentation development.
  • 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.
  • Teams must present their response to the case scenario without the aid of technology (e.g., no PowerPoint, audio, video, internet, social media or mobile devices).
  • Students and faculty sponsors must:
    • Register for SOPHE’s Annual Conference
    • Attend the case study competition
    • Attend the Student Case Study Awards Presentation during the plenary session

Graduate Student Teams

  • Up to 6, graduate teams are accepted for the competition on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All registered graduate teams must have 2 graduate health education students and one faculty sponsor.
  • Teams will present their solution to a panel of judges in the afternoon of April 3, 2018.

Undergraduate Student Teams

  • Up to 12, undergraduate teams will be accepted for the competition on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • All registered undergraduate teams must have 2 to 3 undergraduate health education students and one faculty sponsor.
  • Teams will be divided into two groups (six teams in each group), each presenting to a panel of judges.
  • The top three teams from each group will then present their solution a second time to the combined panel of judges.

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2017 Winning Teams

Graduate Winners:
1st place: University of Maryland, College Park
2nd place: West Chester University

Undergraduate Winners:
1st place tie: Brigham Young University and the University of Northern Iowa
3rd place: Ohio University

Past Cases

2017 Denver, Colorado

2016 Charlotte, North Carolina

2015 Portland, Oregon

2014 Baltimore, Maryland