Undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are invited to sign up for the second annual Interdisciplinary Student Case Competition, which will award cash prizes to teams that create the best video about a major health issue on Long Island. The contest is spearheaded by the Master of Public Health program.
Participants will work in teams of up to five students to create a three-minute video addressing a topic such as chronic disease, healthy environment, healthy mothers and children, infectious disease, mental health and substance abuse, or unintentional injuries – all of which have been identified by the state Department of Health as priorities for improving the health of New Yorkers. The top three teams will win cash prizes, and their videos will be featured on the Nassau County Department of Health website.
The competition is part of Hofstra’s National Public Health Week event series, which is held every April. Last year’s inaugural competition produced five teams of students (pictured above) from 11 disciplines — including economics, law, health science, and philosophy – who spent several months researching and creating proposals to reduce obesity rates among children in nearby Roosevelt, Long Island. The first-place team won for its idea of an after-school program that would incorporate nutrition workshops, physical exercise, and civic engagement activities where Roosevelt teens would interact with college students.
The deadline for applications is Dec. 19, 2014, and those accepted will be notified by Jan. 26, 2015. A faculty committee will construct each team, and students will work on their videos during the spring semester. Judging will be done in April during National Public Health Week.
The competition is co-sponsored by the School of Health Sciences and Human Services, the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University®, and the Nassau County Department of Health.