Student Case Study Competition

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Atlanta

The student case study competition gives 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.

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  • Register your team by Friday, December 13, 2019 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 the 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 Friday, December 13, 2019. 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 by Monday, January 27.
  • Each college or university may register only one team at 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 SOPHE 2020, case studies are provided on March 3, 2020.
  • Participating students must work independently as a team. Students may not include peers, sponsors or other faculties in their 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 Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Atlanta
    • Attend the Student Case Study Awards Presentation during the opening plenary session on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 (one-day registration options available).
    • *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 to confirm team participation. The fee is refundable only if the written cancellation is sent to 30 days prior to the competition.

Graduate Student Teams

  • Up to six graduate teams are confirmed for the case study competition on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a waitlist to accommodate last-minute team withdrawals.
  • All registered graduate teams must have two graduate health education students and one faculty sponsor.
  • Teams will present on March 17, 2020.

Undergraduate Student Teams

  • Up to 12, undergraduate teams are confirmed for the case study competition on a first-come, first-served basis. There is a waitlist to accommodate last-minute team withdrawals until Monday, February 3, 2020.
  • 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.
  • Teams will present on March 17, 2020.

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2019 Winning Teams


1st place: Brigham Young University

2nd place: University of Central Arkansas

3rd place: Utah Valley University

1st place: University of Toledo

2nd place: Mississippi State University