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 children, 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 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.
When and where will the summer enrichment program be held?
Our summer enrichment 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.
We will hold two independent one-week summer sessions. The first will be held the week of June 24 – June 28 from 9am–3 pm. The second session will be held the week of July 8 – July 12 from 9am–3 pm.
Can my child attend both summer sessions?
Yes! Children are able to enroll twice and attend both summer sessions.
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 7th to 10th graders (ages 12-16). 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 and limiting the number of participants who sign up for each track. 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.
What if my child gets homesick?
It’s not unusual for children, especially younger ones and those attending summer programs for the first time, to get homesick during summer programs. Most get over it quickly and go on to have a wonderful time. We will provide structure and keep participants busy from the moment they arrive, which helps to shift their focus away from home to new friends, learning new topics and having fun. In the rare instance that a child is truly struggling, we will contact you.
When can I enroll my child? Is there a waiting list?
Registration for the PopHealthExperience is now open! You can register online. We anticipate that our program will reach full capacity. To get the session and track 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 22nd. Tuition covers all activities, programs, meals, snacks, and supplies.
Early Bird Registration Fee Regular Registration Fee
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|
Is it possible to transfer my registration to a different program?
Yes, it is possible to transfer your registration to a different program if a seat is available in the session you are interested in switching to. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.