Master Academy in Population Health FAQs

What Parents Want to Know

At Population Health Exchange (PHX), we understand how important it is for parents to make an educated decision in finding the best summer experience for their children. Therefore, we have included a set of FAQs below. If you have further questions, please contact us anytime.

Why should I send my children to the Master Academy in Population Health? What differentiates it from similar programs?

Although Boston boasts of a wealth of summer programs for children, our Master Academy in Population Health is one of a kind. Our program embodies Boston University School of Public Health’s commitment to providing comprehensive lifelong learning opportunities in the field of public health. Our faculty creates content to enhance your child’s learning experience. A group of our talented graduate students will facilitate some of the exercises and mentor the students throughout the week as they develop their own presentations about a public health topic of their interest. Coupled with our workshops and panel sessions, our program is a comprehensive introduction to public health as a viable career path.

What skills will students learn from the program?

Students in the Master Academy in Population Health will learn about the most pressing public health issues through the lenses of biostatistics, epidemiology and global health. They will tour the Boston University Medical Campus, including an active research lab, where they will learn about research and careers in research from a Boston University professors/researchers. They will learn to use and visualize their data using the SAS JMP statistical program and create their own health dashboards. Furthermore, they will work in teams to find an innovative solution to a public health issue of their choice and present their research as a blog or podcast that will be published on the PHX website. Upon completion of the program, students will receive a 1 year SAS JMP license to continue to practice at home!

When and where will the program be held?

Our program is hosted at the Boston University Medical Campus. Most classroom sessions will be held at the BUSM Instructional (L) Building located at 72 East Concord Street. Boston, MA 02118. Drop-off and pick-up will be in the same location.

The program will be held July 6 through July 10 from 9am–3 pm each day.

What is the age range of the children attending the summer program? Is there an exception?

The Master Academy in Population Health was designed for rising 11th and 12th graders (ages 16-18). Participants younger than the suggested ages might not get the most out of the brief introduction to public health lectures and exercises. However, we reserve the right to make exceptions on a case by case basis.

Will my child be in large groups for the activities?

Our activities are tailored to the educational needs and interests of each group. We ensure the quality of the experience by limiting the number of participants in each summer session. Smaller, more intimate groups create better bonding. Participants will really get to know one another and our facilitators will be able to provide more individual attention to enhance the experience of each individual participant.

When can I enroll my child? Is there a waiting list?

Registration for the Master Academy in Population Health is now open! You can register online. We anticipate that our program will reach full capacity. To get the session you want for your child, enroll early.

In the event that capacity has been reached before you attempt to register there will be a waitlist form available for parents who would like to have their children considered for the program. However, we can’t anticipate if and how often spots might become available for participants on the waitlist.

What is the cost? What does tuition cover?

The cost of attendance varies by time of registration. To take advantage of the early-bird special, register before March 13, 2020.  Tuition covers all activities, programs, meals, snacks, and supplies.

Early-bird Registration Fee              Regular Registration Fee
$550                                                             $675


Do you accommodate campers with special needs?

Boston University School of Public Health provides reasonable accommodations to eligible individuals with disabilities in conformance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Requests for disability accommodations must be made in a timely fashion. If your child has a special medical need, please contact our office prior to enrollment to make the necessary accommodations.

What is your program cancellation/refund policy?

Refunds for programs will be made according to the schedule below and based on the start date of the program being delivered. (In the event that PHX cancels a program, participants will receive a 100% refund.) PHX reserves the right to decline refund requests.

# of Calendar Days Before Start Date Refund
30+ 100% minus $75 administrative fee
15-29 50% minus $75 administrative fee

1-14

No refund

If you have any other questions please contact us at phx@bu.edu.