U21 UNMDG Case Studies


The Universitas 21 (U21) UNMDG initiative is an interprofessional project involving faculty and students that aims to develop an educational strategy to raise awareness of the UNMDGs. A key element of the initiative is the development of resources for adoption and flexible implementation into the curriculum of health professional training programs. Faculty from U21 member universities has developed nine UNMDG case studies. The case studies have undergone a process of validation, and are now available for widespread access and use.


Use and Access of Case Study Resources

On this site you will find abstracts for each of the nine case studies. Each case study covers a different range of the MDGs, and is set in a different environment or context. Details of the specific aspects of the case studies are available on the U21 UNMDG Case Studies tab.

For each case study there is a student case and tutor guide for the facilitator(s) to use. An evaluation tool is available which asks questions regarding the student participants' (i) knowledge change, (ii) satisfaction and (iii) behaviour change through exposure to the case studies. The evaluation tool, developed by an international group of academics has been validated.

If accessing and using the case studies, users are requested to use the evaluation tool with each group of students and provide feedback data to Caroline Voisine, Executive Officer of U21 Health Science Group.


It is suggested that the case studies are used with a Case-Based Learning (CBL) approach, whereby the student participants work in small groups supported by one or more facilitators. Access to the internet to allow the students to define what information they need, and source it during the workshop is recommended. The case studies are written in such a way that the individual parts can be used sequentially or over several sessions, allowing students to undertake group work and research independently between facilitated discussions. 

The case can be delivered in one session or over a number of sessions. Each section contains suggested questions to allow prompting of the student participants in terms of their investigations and thinking and a number of suggested sources of information, which may be provided to students, either in advance of the case study session, or during it.

Each case has two versions: a student case and a tutor guide. The student case document contains the Millennium Development Goals, and detailed case information and is to be distributed to students doing the case. Each tutor guide contains an abstract which gives an overview of the case study, a reminder of the Millennium Development Goals, detailed information about the case, suggested discussion topics and suggested readings. Tutor guides are to be used by facilitators.

Previous Use:

The case studies have been successfully used in the following workshop and teaching formats:

  • Uniprofessional workshops
  • Multiprofessional workshops
  • International Uniprofessional workshops
  • International Multiprofessional workshops
  • Embedded within curricula

The case studies have been successfully used in Australia, the Asia-Pacific Region, Europe and Mexico. Details of evaluations from workshops can be found here.

Accessing the Case Studies:

Once the potential user has reviewed the abstract section and decided which of the case studies may most effectively meet their needs, they must contact Caroline Voisine.