Case-Based Curriculum

Working with professional case writer Eric Weinberger, the STRIPED team has been busy developing new teaching cases designed to engage students in real-world dilemmas, problem solving, and teamwork to tackle current, high-impact issues in eating disorders prevention. Furthermore, these cases are free and available to the public! Our first teaching case, “Who’s Calling Me Fat? Or, How Columbia Got Its Obesity Prevention Campaign Back on Track,” was made publicly available in April 2013 and presents students with an obesity prevention campaign that went terribly wrong in the fictitious U.S. state of Columbia and gives them the chance to come up with a winning strategy. The second case, “‘Retweet Does Not Imply Endorsement’: The Logic of Cyberbullying in Schools,” was unveiled in November 2013 and challenges students to solve the problem of weight-related cyberbullying in a middle school in Columbia. Our most recent teaching case, “‘The Governor Is Very Interested’: Or, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for School Health Screenings,” premiered in Spring 2014 and asks students to assess the evidence for costs and potential savings with public health programs, such as BMI and eating disorders screenings.

Learn more about STRIPED’s unique approach to case-method teaching in “Closing the ‘know-do’ gap: Training public health professionals in eating disorders prevention via case-method teaching” by STRIPED Director Bryn Austin and Co-director Kendrin Sonneville. (Abstract)

We’d love to know if you are thinking of using our new STRIPED teaching cases in your classroom. Drop us a line to let us know or to ask any questions about the teaching case: grace.kennedy@childrens.harvard.edu