Institutes feature 20+ courses (7 courses a day) leveraging unique learning modalities, including documentary film exploration, health simulations, case studies, and tours of top-ranked universities, including Harvard, MIT, Longwood Medical, Georgetown, and UCLA. 

Topics include: social and political determinants of health; health policy and health management; maternal and child health; refugee and immigrant health; LGBTQ+ health; public health entrepreneurship and public health leadership; racial justice; gender equity; and more!

Feed your intellect WITHOUT the pressure of letter grades. You will be intellectually engaged by leading public health and social justice scholars as you immerse yourself in public health and health equity, without quizzes or tests.

All in-person participants will also receive a free BCPH annual membership, and successful completion of the Summer Institute will allow you to earn Certificates of Achievement in Public Health and Academic Journalism!

Students also can participate in the Medical Academy, which occurs the day before the start of each Institute and features 6 courses on clinical medicine trends and ethical topics. Participants will have a significant head-start on other pre-medical students! It is also great preparation for the MMI, which is the special interview utilized by many medical schools as a means of admissions.


  • High School students
  • Undergraduate students (regardless of intended major) 
  • Post-baccalaureate students
  • Students applying to and enrolled within clinical degree programs (medical, dental, psychiatric, social work, nursing, physical therapy programs, etc.)
  • Community members interested in augmenting their public health knowledge (INDIVIDUALS, GROUPS, CORPORATE COMPANIES, NON-PROFITS)

How Do I Apply?


  • In-person: $500 per person
  • Virtual: $350 per person
  • Asynchronous, post-event recording: $125 per person

Participants will have access to meeting content after the training for one month through the BCPH Academy, as well as over 40 public health and social justice courses!

Who are the Faculty?

Dr. Rob with his book, "The 48 Laws of Happiness"
Dr. Rob Carpenter
Jessica (Jex) Huang
Dr. Jex Huang
Dr. Circe Le Compte
Dr. Circe Le Compte
Candice Carpenter
Dr. Candice Carpenter

Dr. Rob Carpenter is a #1 best-selling author, novelist, social scientist, public speaker, and filmmaker who has dedicated his life to improving the lives of those around him after miraculously surviving a tragic accident. His works – described by critics as “profoundly empathetic” – have been featured in People Magazine, The New York Times, Business Insider, and a variety of other media. He and his sister are the first in his family to graduate from college.

Academically, Dr. Rob focuses on the field of entertainment education, a cross-disciplinary mass communications subject involving not only all forms of entertainment and education but also incorporating aspects of public policy, psychology, sociology, anthropology, and leadership studies. His main research interest is in investigating how mass media influences human perception, behavior, and social outcomes on cultural and political issues, especially issues involving race, public health, and mental and emotional health. His doctoral dissertation at the University of Southern California focused on historical portrayals of people of color in entertainment media and the real-world outcomes these portrayals heavily influenced.

Dr. Rob has studied media and change at the 2x Emmy Award Winning USC Media Institute for Social Change, received research fellowships with The New America Foundation and Jacob’s Foundation, has hosted or participated in panels for South by Southwest EDU and TEDx, and given lectures at Harvard University, among others.

Professionally, Dr. Rob has written  scholarly publications for the Oxford Business Review and Harvard Public Health Review as well as mass market books, including a series of pro-social positive psychology books including The 48 Laws of Happiness and Icons & Legends, and is currently completing a historical thriller novel about the tragic, triumphant, and rocky behind-the-scenes relationship of Bobby Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Rob has also written, directed, and produced documentary films, public service announcements, and worked on the Hollywood sets of Ballers, Scandal, Lethal Weapon, and others. He is the host of ‘The Great Health Debates,’ has an upcoming podcast called ‘Dear Underdog’ with Emmy winning screenwriter Kayona Ebony Brown, and has several television and theatrical films in development.

On the leadership front, Dr. Rob has been a Leadership LA fellow, California Connections Fellow, and Global Innovation felow. He has served on the Board of Directors of Artist Year, Inner City Arts, Spread the Vote, and Intrinsik Insights. At 23 years old, was named the youngest public commissioner in the history of Los Angeles by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, where he oversaw a $150 million annual budget and $500 million in assets for LADOT.

Dr. Jessica (Jex) Huang is currently working as a consultant with the Health, Climate, Environment, and Disasters (HCED) program at the World Bank, as well as a public health curricula developer and educator with learning institutions across Southeast Asia and the United States. Their area of focus is on the health impacts of climate change (including climate-sensitive diseases, such as vector-borne and water-borne illness), particularly in humanitarian contexts. Previously, Jex served as an instructor on sustainable development with D-Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also co-founded a social enterprise called Zimba Water, which provided affordable water treatment systems to thousands of households in rural communities, informal urban settlements, and refugee settlements. Trained as an environmental engineer specializing in water and sanitation, they obtained a Doctor of Public Health degree at the T.H. Chan School of Public Health at Harvard University as well as a Master’s degree in Learning, Design and Technology with the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Jex has run educational programs for many diverse institutions, ranging from UNICEF Innovation to the Rhode Island School of Design, and likes to spend their free time volunteering with non-profit organizations, including Rosie’s Place (first women’s shelter in the United States), Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Climate Reality Leadership Corps, Refugee Health Alliance, and Refugee Council USA.

Dr. Circe J. Gray LeCompte (she/her/hers) has served as editor-in-chief/co-editor-in-chief of HPHR since 2015, and was part of the Journal‘s founding board, as Deputy Editor, in 2014. She also is co-CEO of The Boston Congress of Public Health, which publishes HPHR. In addition to these leadership roles, she also serves as Chief Technology Officer and heads BCPH Studio. She is Director of Great Health Debates and co-Producer of The Humor Scientist with Matt Kazam. She also is the creator of the forthcoming Public Health History Mysteries. She is also Senior Director for Impact Marketing and Communications as well as a Research Fellow for the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at Columbia University and New York State Psychiatric Institute. 

Dr. Le Compte holds Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees from Harvard University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she majored in social and behavioral sciences theory/research methods, and racial and sexual/gender minority health. Her independent research inquiries have focused on the use of novel interventions, such as soap operas and PhotoVoice, to improve the health outcomes of medically-underserved populations. 

For her doctoral dissertation, she used both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how lived experience frames the conceptualization of health and sexual harm reduction practices of Black/African-American gay and bisexual men and Transwomen.


Dr. Candice Carpenter is Co-Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategy Officer of The Boston Congress of Public Health (BCPH) and President of Infinity Ivy Consulting. She is also the Director of both the BCPH Public Health Leadership Summer Institute and Medical Academy. She co-founded BCPH in August 2021. Dr. Carpenter is a neurosurgeon-in-training, bio and social entrepreneur, educator, social justice advocate, and surgical bioethics enthusiast. 

Dr. Carpenter additionally serves as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of Strategy and Innovation for The HPHR Journal. She is the Editor for the publications, The Best of HPHR Journal 2014-2021 and PRISM: Mental Health Thru the Lens of Difference. She is also Executive Producer of the Great Health Debates Season 1 through 3, Producer and Host of the BCPH 40 under 40 Public Health Catalyst Awards and Health Innovators to Watch Award Programs. Prolific and visionary, she has produced over 50 courses within the BCPH Academy, and trained over 50 graduates in the Public Health Thought Leadership Fellowship Program.

Dr. Carpenter has received numerous prestigious fellowships from around the world, including from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Leadership Program, the Oxford’s Women Leadership in Entrepreneurship Programme, Oxford’s Social Impact Program, and Harvard Chan’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Fellowship. She is currently at UCLA Biodesign and Clinical and Translational Institute as a Healthcare Technology Innovation Fellow in Critical Care.

Dr. Carpenter holds an MPH in Public Health Leadership and Health & Social Behavior from the Harvard Chan School of Public Health, an M.B.A. from Oxford University Said Business School, an M.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain, Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.A. in Psychology from Yale University. She is a licensed physician and has done Neurosurgical Residency at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.


What courses are generally taught?

Course Title: Amplifying Social Justice: Becoming Allies, Advocates, and Activists Workshop

Course Instructor: Dr. Candice Carpenter 

Course Description: 

Just what exactly is the difference between allyship, advocacy, and activism? How do we differentiate between the actions of changing our facebook photos to signposts that proclaim “Black Lives Matter”, speaking up for a transgender individual who has been misgendered in a workplace or social setting, deciding not to engage in disability inspiration ‘porn’, drafting a policy memo articulating the injustices suffered by specific refugee groups, or even testifying before Congress on the environmental atrocities committed by multinational companies? In the Amplifying Social Justice: Becoming Allies, Advocates, and Activists course, we will peel back these layers to discern the differences in how individuals can work to promote social justice and equity in a variety of ways. Students will engage in both self-reflection and self-awareness activities, learning some differential strategies and tactics for identifying structural oppression and injustice, as well as techniques for promoting social justice, from community organizing and policy advocacy, to grassroots activism and professional activism. Ultimately, students will be able to learn how they can evolve into and embody allyship, advocacy, and activism for a variety of marginalized communities, all with the goal of creating meaningful change.

Course Title: Transcending Microaggressions for Health Equity Workshop

Course Instructor: Dr. Candice Carpenter 

Course Description: 

In this workshop, we will unlock the power to recognize and dismantle microaggressions with our course, “Transcending Microaggressions for Health Equity Workshop.” The course goes beyond theoretical understanding, providing practical tools for recognizing microaggressions, microassaults, and microinvalidations related to race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, and more. A comprehensive toolkit will also be provided to address these issues effectively in various settings, including the workplace and educational environments. Participants will have enhanced empowerment tools to become an active agent, prepared to create a more equitable and just world. This is a course you do not want to miss on self-discovery and social impact in the pursuit of health equity!

Course Title: Documentary: Our Life’s Work: Identity, Alienation, and Social Support in Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Killer of Sheep, The Keepers, and Trouble the Water 

Course Instructor: Dr. Circe Le Compte 

Course Description:

There is an intrinsic link between earning money, respect, and a “better life.” What does that mean, however, when it comes to health equity and social justice? In this session, we will explore the public health implications of work, with a specific emphasis on the U.S. context. We will address how work often is intrinsic to notions of worth, both metaphorically and financially, in the U.S., and linked to access to social capital and even healthcare access—which is almost universally recognized as a basic human right. These issues will be examined through clips drawn from multiple texts, including television series, Always Sunny in Philadelphia; the arthouse film, Killer of Sheep, and the documentaries The Keepers and Trouble the Water.

Course Title: Electrifying Your Career as an Academic Reviewer and Editor in Public Health

Course Instructor: Dr. Circe Le Compte 

Course Description:

Ever wonder what academics meant when they said they “needed to publish” or what the difference is between an article in a newspaper and a peer-reviewed journal? This session will clear up those sessions and more. During this hands-on training, we’ll review how academic journals operate, and what is involved in the peer review process. You’ll learn how articles are submitted, reviewed, accepted/rejected, and ultimately published. Students who successfully complete this session will earn mastery certificates in each subject area and may be invited to become an academic reviewer and/or editor for HPHR Journal. Participants who complete this session will be able to do the following: describe how to read and review academic articles; explain what it means to be an exceptional reviewer; detail how to write engaging, informative reviews for editorial boards and authors; describe the managing editing process; discuss what is involved in being a deputy editor; expound on the ethics of academic publishing; and provide an overview of establishing an academic journal.

Course Title: Social Determinants and Theory in Public Health 

Course Instructor: Dr. Circe Le Compte 

Course Description: 

This session will focus on the social determinants of health with a focus on the U.S. with a specific emphasis on behavioral, psychological, and structural factors that have demonstrated impacts in creating health inequities. We also will learn about different population and psychosocial theories of health, and their heuristic value in understanding the causal links between social factors and disparate disease outcomes. Case studies will be used to explicate the social, economic, and political factors that contribute to inequalities and illustrate opportunities to reduce them and improve health equity. By the end of this course, you will be able to discuss the means by which structural bias and inequities create, recreate, and reify inequities and create challenges to achieving health equity at organizational, community, and societal levels.

Course Title: Emotionally Intelligent Communication for Public Health

Course Instructor: Dr. Rob Carpenter 

Course Description: 

One of the biggest problems public health professionals face in their professional and personal lives is communicating in emotionally intelligent and healthy ways that will allow them to build and sustain positive relationships. In this eye-opening workshop, you will learn about your own “Demon Dialogues” that hinder positive communication and how to get past them so you can persuade – and not alienate, irritate, or offend – the people in your life so that you can get the most out of yourself and the people around you.

Course Title: Happiness for Public Health Practitioners

Course Instructor: Dr. Rob Carpenter 

Course Description: 

Based on Dr. Rob’s best selling book, The 48 Laws of Happiness, you will learn about the “happiness traps” you face as a high achieving individual, the common mistakes people make when trying to overcome them, and create a tailored roadmap to accelerate – and maximize-your personal happiness in the office, at home, and in the most important areas of your life. Why be a frustrated high-achieving leader when you can be a happy one instead?

Course Title: Story-telling Strategies for Public Health

Course Instructor: Dr. Rob Carpenter 

Course Description: 

Stories are the most important tool in the workplace yet few public health individuals and organizations use them to their advantage. In this fun and interactive workshop, you will learn the secrets of transformational storytelling and engage in exercises to practice these secrets so that you can employ them in meetings, presentations, winning deals, and rising to – and staying at – the top as a leader.

Who should attend?

Participants will tap into our INCLUSIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT, including:

  • High School students
  • Undergraduate students (regardless of intended major)
  • Post-baccalaureate students
  • Students applying to and enrolled in clinical degree programs (medical, dental, psychiatric, social work, nursing, physical therapy programs, etc.)
  • Community members interested in augmenting their public health knowledge.

What Benefits and Amenities Are Included?

BCPH Leadership Institute participants will receive:

  • A Certificate of Achievement in Public Health
  • A Certificate of Achievement in Academic Journalism
  • Networking with similarly driven peers
  • Post-event access to live sessions
  • Access to over 40 online courses in public health and social justice on BCPH Academy

Online versions of popular BCPH Institute courses are now being released to the public, including: 

Metaversing Healthcare in the 21st Century
Course Instructor:
Dr. Candice Carpenter
Electrifying Your Career as an Academic Reviewer and Editor
Course Instructor:
Dr. Circe Gray Le Compte
Emotionally Intelligent Communication
Course Instructor:
Dr. Robert Carpenter