- View the ISEP website
- Access the online application ISEP Program or
- Fill out and return the hard copy application
- Send out the online recommendation form
SREP ProgramSREP website
NAU Master of Public Health–Indigenous Health TrackFor more information, visit the NAU MPH website.
About the partnership
The Navajo Native American Research Center (NARCH) for Health Partnership is a collaboration between Diné College, a Tribal College of the Navajo Nation, (MPI: Mark Bauer, PhD) and Northern Arizona University (MPI: Nicolette Teufel-Shone, PhD).
The goals of NARCH are:
- To develop American Indian/Alaska Native scientists and health professionals
- To foster and continue to grow the relationship between Diné College and Northern Arizona University
- To improve the health and wellbeing of the Navajo people through the development of public health training
This academic and experiential training will focus on culturally relevant approaches to building healthy communities and tracking the progress of NARCH programs.
Student enhancement programs
Academic year program
Each year, 15 high school students from the Navajo Nation participate in a Public Health service-learning program with local healthcare businesses to offer service-learning or volunteer options for high school students. The dual credit program (students receive Diné College and high school credit at the same time), recently expanded from Window Rock, Arizona, to include two additional areas within the Central Consolidated School District (CCSD), Shiprock and Kirtland, in New Mexico.
For more information, visit the Diné College website.
High School summer program
Each summer, NARCH offers an Indigenous Summer Enhancement Program (ISEP). In its third year, the two-week program offered students an opportunity to gain a new skillset in health care and to develop leadership skills through a multicultural approach to public health and health research.
So far, six former program alum have returned to serve as ISEP peer mentors.
For more information or to apply visit the Diné College ISEP page.
One of the goals of NARCH was to start a Bachelor of Science in Public Health Program for junior and senior-level students entering with an Associates of Science degree, and a tract for students entering as freshmen. In fall 2018, the first cohort of 54 student began the study. Last year, the Diné College hired their first Indigenous Public Health faculty member, Carmella Kahn, PhD. For more information or to register for the public health programs at Diné College, visit its website.
Undergraduate summer program
NARCH supports the 10-week Summer Research Enhancement Program (SREP). SREP has been ongoing for more than 15 years. After three weeks of classroom instruction at the Diné College Tsaile campus, students are assigned to an internship site for six weeks to gain practical experience with data collection and analysis in a health-related program in a community setting. In the final week, students return to the Tsaile campus for final analysis and to present their final project.
For more information on SREP or to apply, visit the Diné College SREP page.
Northern Arizona University
Northern Arizona University (NAU) now offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Promotion with an emphasis in Indigenous Health. The program offers a mixture of online and face-to-face courses on the NAU campus. In fall 2018, the first cohort was comprised of six Indigenous students, two will be graduating in December 2019. The MPH program is now in its second year, and applications are due January 15, 2020.
For more information on the MPH program or how to apply, visit the NAU Graduate College website.
Graduate Certificate Program in Public Health
The Health Science Department offers an online Public Health Graduate Certificate. All courses successfully completed in the certificate program can be transferred into the MPH, once a student has applied and been accepted into NAU’s graduate program.
This partnership has been supported for six years by the National Institutes’ of Health National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIH-NIGMS), 1S06GM142121-01 (2021-2025).
Links to research publications Accordion Closed
Links to media features on the Navajo NARCH Program Accordion Closed
- Developing future Diné public health leaders starts with early, culturally significant exposure (NAU Review)
- Master of Public Health, Indigenous Health Track: An innovation in training future health equity leaders
- CHER partnerships build capacity to address American Indian health
- Diné College public health students provide vaccine education to Navajo Nation residents through study
- Healthy Navajo K’é podcast brings maternal and child health talks to the Navajo Nation
- Resilient teamwork: partners adapt summer program during COVID
- Diné College partners with CHER and others to produce the first Navajo Nation Maternal and Child Health Assessment in Arizona history
- Summer public health enhancement programs for Diné College students, NAU’s project partner, move online during pandemic
- CHER partners with Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH)
- Indigenous Summer Enhancement Program is Accepting Applications for Summer 2019