Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to attend the Summer Institute on Health Policy?
There is no cost to attend. We are proud to provide this opportunity free of charge to all participants.

What time does class start and end?
Class typically begins at 8:30 am and ends at approximately 5:00 pm. The instructor may choose to end class early on a particular day, but please plan to stay the entire day as this is not guaranteed.

Will you provide meals?
Yes. Breakfast and lunch are provided each day of the Summer Institute. You are welcome to use your lunch hour however you choose. There are also other dining options on campus and nearby.

I live in another city. Do you offer travel scholarships?

How do I arrange for travel to the Summer Institute?
You are responsible for making your own travel arrangements. The Nashville International Airport (BNA) is a short cab ride from Meharry Medical College and is served by most national airlines. We can provide additional transportation options upon request.

Can I attend just a few days of a course?
Yes. However, other participants rely on your participation in the group discussions and breakout sessions. We strongly encourage you to attend the full week as each day builds upon the previous day’s class. You are still required to register, even if you do not intend to attend the entire week.

Are there any opportunities to network with other participants?
Yes. Participants are given two breaks each day and one lunch hour to use to get to know other participants. You will be given a program booklet upon arrival of the first class, which will include a directory of those attending the Summer Institute along with their email address. You may contact someone via email should you want to connect based on similar educational/career interests.

Where will classes be located?
Classes will be held in the classroom on the first floor of the Clay Simpson Building, which is where the RWJF Center for Health Policy is housed. You may view the campus map to help you get to the building. The location is subject to change due to accommodate class size. Classes will be moved to the Learning Resources Center in the event we need to move the class location.

Are there accommodations available for housing and lodging?
Yes, click here for details.

Where should I park?
Complimentary parking passes will be provided to all Summer Institute participants. Those new to campus will be required to register their car with the Office of Security for the week. Meharry offers several parking options. Click here for parking information.

Will I have Internet access while on campus?
Yes. You will be provided a guest Wi-Fi password to access Meharry’s web service.

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