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,” premiered 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. STRIPED has subsequently released four additional cases. 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. Two new teaching cases, “‘The Governor Is Very Interested’: Or, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for School Health Screenings,” and “Beauty and the Breast: Mobilizing Community Action to Take on the Beauty Industry” both premiered in Spring 2014. In “‘The Governor Is Very Interested’: Or, Cost-Effectiveness Analysis for School Health Screenings,” students are asked to assess the evidence for costs and potential savings with public health programs, such as BMI and eating disorders screenings. In “Beauty and the Breast: Mobilizing Community Action to Take on the Beauty Industry” students meet Joe Wendell, a father turned advocate, who teams up with Anna Pinto, director of a community center in a vibrant Brazilian‐American community, to directly confront the problem of cosmetic breast implants in minors through the use of political action. Through this case students learn skills in advocacy and how to put public health into action. In the newest addition to the teaching case library, Some Skin in the Game: Negotiating the End of a Campus Menace,” students join a meeting to decide the fate of Campus Tans, a U.V. tanning salon on the fictitious Colburn University campus that student activists have rallied against as just another way the beauty industry plays roulette with the health of young women. The students are tasked with negotiating an agreement that both protects the health of Colburn students while balancing the interests of diverse stakeholders, along the way, learning crucial skills and strategies for effective negotiation to address important public health problems.

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 Collaborating Mentor 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