Curriculum Infusion Through Case Studies: Engaging Undergraduate Students in Course Subject Material and Influencing Behavior Change

  • Ellen J. BassEmail author
  • Holly A. Foster
  • Douglas W. Lee
  • Susan E. Bruce
  • R. Reid Bailey
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 963)


This study investigated infusing health promotion topics into an engineering course via problem-based case studies and lecture to assess student learning and self-reported behavior. Junior-level systems engineering students in two sections participated: one section with 52 students and one with 36. One section received a celebratory drinking case; one received distracted driving case and a lecture about hazardous drinking. Student ability ratings related to the course subject matter generally improved with both cases. The lecture appeared to enhance health promotion knowledge. Students self-reported behavior change with both cases. Case studies as a form of curriculum infusion for health promotion topics show promise. The use of case studies overall was well-received by students and coupled with lecture material can increase student health promotion knowledge and behavior change.


Curriculum infusion Health promotion Systems engineering education 



This study was funded in part by the University of Virginia Learning Assessment Grant program for a project entitled “Curriculum Infusion: Evaluating Alcohol Education Delivered via Systems Engineering Case Studies.” The data collection for the celebratory drinking case was supporting in part by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The authors thank the students who volunteered to complete the pre- and post-tests as well as the course evaluations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ellen J. Bass
    • 1
    Email author
  • Holly A. Foster
    • 2
  • Douglas W. Lee
    • 1
  • Susan E. Bruce
    • 3
  • R. Reid Bailey
    • 3
  1. 1.Drexel UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.The University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA
  3. 3.University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleUSA

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