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Case Studies

What Is a Case Study?

Case-based teaching methods require the learner to engage actively in the learning process.  Case studies offer an opportunity to develop analytical and problem-solving skills as well as allow for the pragmatic application of new knowledge and skills in challenging situations. All of these are higher-level learning activities which are known to enhance learning and retention.  (Downer & Swindells, 2003).

Case Studies by Category


African Americans

Alternative Medicine

American Indians/Alaska Natives

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiiasns, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI)


CLAS Standards



Incarcerated People Living with HIV/AIDS

Latino Americans

Lesbian, Bay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT)

Persons Living With Mental Disorders

Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)

Over 50

Promoting HIV Testing

Substance Use/Abuse


Multimedia Case Studies

Case Studies Podcast Series

Video Case Studies


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