HLTH 5361: Case Study Guidelines
Case studies serve as an excellent venue for investigating a problem; interpreting and analyzing the data related to the situation; recognizing assumptions and inferences; thinking both analytically and critically about how to resolve the situation; exercising judgement in regard to the parameters of the issue; understanding the interpersonal relationships surrounding the problem; communicating ideas and opinions about solutions to the issue; applying appropriate behavior change theories and strategies; and qualifying the decisions and implementation strategies made to improve the problem. In education, case studies provide practical examples of problems and solutions, challenges and strategies, and they support theoretical information that enhances the learning process. This memorable learning process is further enhanced when case studies include actual data and statistics that affect a population that is relevant to the student.
This semester, we are going to investigate the social and behavioral determinants of health in an at-risk population. Students will analyze the target population, their risky behaviors, environmental conditions, and the predisposing, reinforcing, and enabling factors which surround the situation. Students will determine which behavior theory/model they deem appropriate to be applied to the situation with the ultimate goal of enhancing the health and welfare outcomes of the group.
Students will also discuss the resources that are available to assist with the behavior change strategy and interventions that are appropriate for the group. The primary governmental and voluntary resources used to assist populations in public health programs include the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the World Health Organization, Global Health Now-Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, and the American College Health Association. Additional resources can be used after they are vetted by the instructor. Using these resources, you are going to gather the statistics that relate to the risk group you have selected for your case study. These statistics may include gender, race, and other specific demographics. Each of the agencies/organizations provides suggestions for
The components of your case study include:
1) Descriiption of the ramifications of the at-risk behavior in the population that you have selected from the list above. This section includes health and economic statistics, short and long-term quality of life outcomes.
2) Explanation of the challenges and obstacles associated with the at-risk behavior in regard to the student, their families, their social connections and other complications associated with the behaviors.
3) Determination of a behavior change model/theory that you feel will effectively work in the target population. Please include your rationale for the selection of the model/theory.
4) Discussion of the implementation process of the model/theory that can be used in the health program plan.
5) Development of ideas for strategies that can be implemented in the target population that can assist in promoting positive behavior changes within the group.
6) Determination of plans to evaluate the success of the model/theory in the population.
Format of the case study:
1) The components of the case study listed above can be written under a topical heading.
2) The verbiage in these sections can be written in a bulleted and/or paragraph format in 12 pitch Times New Roman font.
3) The case study is written in more of a technical style than a manuscriipt/report style.
4) The pages in your case study should range between two to four double-spaced pages in length.
5) The sources of the information need to be sited in the case study.
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