Summer Research Enhancement Program (SREP)

About Diné College SREP

A unique training program for students interested in public health prevention research in Native communities.

Funded by:

  • Navajo NARCH Partnership, NIH-funded Native American Research Center for Health (Diné College & Northern Arizona University NIH Grant Number S06 GMS-142121)
  • Colorado Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Colorado, Denver

Diné College has developed a model program for training students in public health prevention research. Diné College believes that Native American students are more likely to develop an interest in prevention research if those interests are nurtured in a culturally supportive atmosphere.

Surrounded by student interns in the Diné College Summer Research Enhancement Program (SREP), Dr. Mark Bauer and Diné College have offered the program for over 23 years, utilizing a classroom and experiential learning curriculum designed to introduce predominantly Navajo undergraduate students and paraprofessionals to health research and promotion.

Diné College Summer Research Enhancement Program (SREP)
May 28, 2024 – August 1, 2024
Priority application deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024

The application will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis beginning March 1, 2024

A 10-week summer program designed to prepare Native American undergraduate college students for careers in public health and health research.

The program has three stages:

Stage 1 & 3 of SREP will be at Diné College this year, where students will develop skills in disease prevention and health promotion research techniques.

Stage 1 – Intensive 3-week training in Public Health Research Methods at Diné College in Tsaile, AZ
Stage 2 – Six-week mentored internship in student’s home community
Stage 3 – One-week data analysis workshop and presentation at Diné College, Tsaile, AZ

While participating in SREP, the students receive the following: 

  • $5,760 stipend (distributed in installments)
  • 7 transferrable college credits hours in Public Health (4 classroom and 3 practicum)
  • Tuition, books and materials for the Public Health courses required for SREP
  • Room and board while at the Diné College, Tsaile Arizona

Topics to be covered include:

  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Community-Based Participatory Research
  • Research Design & Methodology
  • Epidemiology
  • Data Analysis
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Social & Indigenous Determinants of Health
  • Diné Education Philosophy
  • Resiliency & Professional Skills

Online Application:

Submit TWO(2) Letters of Recommendation:

Information Flyer:

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Contact Information:

The intent of the research training program is twofold:

  • To provide health-related research training and research experiences to Native American students, and
  • To provide students with a firm grasp of the health and living concepts embedded in traditional Native American life, how they relate to those taught in western academia

If you are an American Indian College Student and have an interest in public health and health research among Native Americans, this opportunity may be for you.

The research program is conducted in a culturally supportive atmosphere where each student is encouraged to adopt a strong multi-cultural approach to public health and health research.

This 10-week program will help students to develop skills and interests in prevention research and participate first hand in community based, on-going research projects at Diné College and at other institutions on the Navajo Nation and in other Native communities.

Diné College SREP in Tribal College Journal (2016)
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SREP Mentor Module Guide

Each module PowerPoint file accompanies a module video file that you can view on the SREP Mentor Module Website: (

  1. Please open the “Link” to the module PowerPoint file. You will open the link through “Dropbox.” Please click “Download” on the top right corner and choose “Direct Download” to download the module PowerPoint file. You will have to download the file in order to listen to the audio narration.
  2. Depending on your internet speed, the download may take a few secondsor a few minutes to download
  3. In PowerPoint, play the slideshow. Click on the audio icon on each slide to listen to the slide narration.

Audio icon

  1. The module PowerPoint slides will indicate when to listen to each video segment. Please click on the module video file (will stream through vimeo) on the main SREP website that accompanies each PowerPoint.
  2. Please pause the video after viewing the indicated segment listed on the PowerPoint slide until the video viewing is completed.


Christopher Dickerson, PhD
(505) 427-3393

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