PopHealthExperience 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 PopHealthExperience summer enrichment program? What differentiates it from similar programs?

Although Boston boasts of a wealth of summer programs for young adults, our PopulationHealthExperience is one of a kind in many different ways. 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 tailors the content to enhance your child’s learning experience. A group of our talented graduate students and staff will facilitate some of the exercises and mentor the students throughout the week as they develop their own digital media advocacy piece 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.

When and where will the summer enrichment program be held?

Our summer enrichment program will be taught at the Boston University Medical Campus (BUMC) located at 72 East Concord St. Boston, MA 02118. Weekly extra-curricular excursions are planned with the intent of providing new experiences and opportunities to students as well as immersing them completely in the city.

The program will be held July 10 – July 21, 2023.

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

The PopHealthExperience summer enrichment program was designed for rising 8th to 12th graders (ages 12-17). Participants younger than the suggested ages might not get the most out of the brief introduction to public health lectures and activities. 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 participant.

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

Registration is open here. We anticipate that our program will reach full capacity. To take advantage of our early-bird pricing, enroll by March 31, 2023.

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 cannot 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 31, 2023.  Tuition covers all activities, meals, programs, and merchandise.

Early-bird Registration Fee              Regular Registration Fee
                    $1,750                                                       $2,000

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 COVID-19 precautions are you taking to keep students safe?

At the PopHealthExperience, the health and safety of our students and staff is our top priority.  We will be operating in-person classes in accordance with CDC and Massachusetts state guidelines.  This means that students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition for enrolling in the program at this time.

Students attending the program must meet requirements of the host site surrounding mask wearing, COVID testing, vaccination, social distancing, and any other condition imposed by that institution for field trips. No refunds will be issued to students who fail to meet site-imposed COVID-19 requirements.

What will happen to the program if there is an increase in COVID-19 cases due to one of the variants?

In the case that programs are cancelled due to a rise in COVID-19 cases and concerns, students will be refunded. Faculty will design a virtual experience in the topic area that students will have the opportunity to join at a reduced program fee.

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 due to COVID-19, participants will receive a 100% refund.)

# of Calendar Days Before Start Date Refund
30+ 100% minus $75 administrative fee & housing cancellation fee (if applicable)
15-29 50% minus $75 administrative fee & housing cancellation fee (if applicable)


No refund

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