• The Bachelor of Science in Public Health is designed to prepare students for a career in public health.

• The program promotes Navajo concepts of health and wellness.

• The program looks at public health in terms of traditional Navajo teachings.

• The curriculum is organized according to the Diné Educational Philosophy and includes coursework in biology, chemistry, psychology, and advanced level mathematics courses in addition to policy studies.

• Closer to home and family.

• Diné College leads the Navajo NARCH Partnership (Native American Research Center for Health) that provides academic programs and research internships for students from all levels from high school to graduate school in collaboration with Northern Arizona University.


Dean: James Tutt, M.Ed.
School of Science Technology, Engineering and Math
1 Circle Drive, Route 12
Tsaile, Arizona 86556

Provost: Geraldine Garrity, Ed.D.

“Rooted in Diné language and culture, Our mission is to advance quality post-secondary student learning and development to ensure the well-being of Diné People.”


• Admission Application – $20 New Student Application Fee

• Certificate of Indian Blood

• Official Education Transcript(s) – High School, GED, HiSET, Dual Credit, or College

• Housing Application, if living on campus


Public Health is an area of study that concentrates on improving the health of communities and populations. Public health works to make certain that people live, work, and play in conditions that are healthy and safe. Public health addresses physical, social, mental, cultural and environmental health topics and issues.

A public health worker can do the following:

• Monitor health status • Investigate health problems • Educate and empower people and communities about health issues • Develop policies to support health efforts • Enforce laws and regulations that protect health • Assure access to healthcare • Conduct research

Application deadline: Year-round

Two-year program

The two-year junior-senior BS Public Health coursework will follow the student’s first two years of study towards their AS degree in either Public Health, Health Occupations, or a related science degree. Students will need course re-quirements that may not have been in their AS degree including: PUH 111, HEE 111, PUH 141 or 241 PUH/BIO 170, PUH 200, PUH 201, MTH 213, and BIO 201 & 202.

Public Health Job Prospects

• Community Health Representatives (CHR) • Public Health Nurses • Health Educators • Diabetes Educators • Fitness Program Coordinators • Social Workers • Nutritionists • Environmental Health Workers • Hospital Administrators

A B.S. degree in public health can be used to pursue graduate studies in public health, health education, health promotion, or community health. The program emphasizes research, the creation, implementation and evaluation of health programming, and health promotion for American Indians with a focus on the Navajo Nation. This degree is offered to all six Diné College campuses and via interactive television.

Public Health Program Contact Information:

Mark C. Bauer, Ph.D, (505) 368-3589, mcbauer@dinecollege.edu

Carmella Kahn, DRPH, MPH, (505) 368-3583, ckahn@dinecollege.edu

Summer Research Enhancement Program (SREP)

The college offers a paid internship which focuses on public health research. It consists of inten-sive 3-week hands-on training at Tsaile, Arizona followed by a 6-week practicum in the student’s home community. The program finishes with a final week at Tsaile where students analyze their data and make a formal presentation of their research.

Diné College has been involved in public health research, training, and program development for over 30 years in collaboration with the Navajo Nation Department of Health and other agencies and programs serving Navajo Nation.

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