Positive Deviance provides a unique approach for solving problems that require social or behavioral change. At its heart is the observation that in every community there are a few individuals – "positive deviants" – whose uncommon practices or behaviors enable them to outperform or find better solutions to pervasive problems than their neighbors with whom they share the same resource base. Identifying the positive deviants' special practices/behaviors reveals hidden resources already present in the environment, from which it is possible to devise solutions to pervasive community problems - solutions that are sustainable as well as cost-effective. In this course, students will explore the use of the PD Approach in Nutrition. In addition, students will review and critique past and present community based PD inspired nutrition rehabilitation for maternal and child health, including PD Hearth. This course is intended to provide students with a foundation for program design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation for PD Nutrition programs. The grading basis for this course is Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U). Enrollment limited to 15 students.
Positive Deviance for Behavior Change: A Course for Practitioners
Graduate standing or instructor consent.