Case Studies

Curricular Case Studies

These case studies are intended to showcase real-world competency integration strategies that might inspire leaders in each profession to prioritize obesity education across the continuum of training.

About the Case Studies

We developed a series of profession-specific case studies to highlight programs and institutions that have demonstrated a commitment to equipping students, trainees, and/or practicing health professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to care competently and compassionately for persons with obesity. The case studies are intended to provide examples of how the Provider Competencies for the Prevention and Management of Obesity can be integrated into the formative training and continuing education of nurses, physicians, physician assistants, dietitians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists, exercise physiologists, public health practitioners, and social workers in the United States.

The case studies were authored by STOP Obesity Alliance staff using information obtained through material reviews and interviews. Case studies were selected to reflect diverse experiences across professions, geographies, institution types, interventional approaches, and care settings. Eligible participants:

  • were accredited health professional training programs OR other entities authorized to oversee and/or deliver provider education
  • addressed one or more of the Provider Competencies for the Prevention & Management of Obesity
  • promoted evidence-based practices consistent with national obesity care guidelines (e.g. USPSTF, TOS, ENDO, AHA, CMS)

Embedding Weight Sensitivity in the Nursing Care Practicum

Villanova University, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing


FOODS-C: A 3-Year Integrated Obesity Curriculum for Medical Trainees

Touro University – California, College of Osteopathic Medicine


Enhanced Oral Health Training Curriculum to Address Obesity in Early Childhood and Adults

University of Washington, School of Dentistry


Pharmacist-Driven Disease Management: Delivering an On-Campus Weight Management Service

Auburn University, Harrison School of Pharmacy


mHealth Curriculum: Training in Use of Medical and Patient Mobile Apps for Weight Management

University of Texas Southwestern, School of Health Professions


Obesity-Focused Clinical Public Health Summit: Experiential Learning to Improve Community Health

George Washington University, School of Medicine & Health Sciences


Obesity and Health: An Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Minor for Future Health Professionals

Indiana University Bloomington, School of Public Health


Improving Obesity Education Through Policy: Mandated Continuing Education on Nutrition and Obesity

Council of the District of Columbia


Healthy Homes, Healthy Futures: A Home Visitation Curriculum for Pediatric Residents

Children’s National Health System, Department of General & Community Pediatrics


Lifestyle Redesign®: Preparing Trainees to Implement Occupational Therapy Interventions for Obesity

University of Southern California, Division of Occupational Therapy