Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Basic Information:

What is a WHO simulation?

The Model World Health Organization Conference aims to introduce and educate students with the realistic roles of a WHO World Health Assembly meeting. Open to students of all majors, this free, two-day event mimics the political, social, cultural, and economic realities defining global health policies. Student delegates will debate, prepare legislation, and vote on resolutions that could potentially be forwarded to the WHO headquarters for consideration.

Who can participate?

Any undergraduate or graduate university student from the DMV area (DC, Maryland, & VA).

Is there a fee to attend?

The conference is free for all students who have registered for the event.

What is the theme?


Where the simulation taking place?

The simulation is taking place at the following locations on the George Mason University Fairfax Campus. Please refer to the campus map:



Transportation & Parking:

How do I get to the conference?

Vienna Metro & Shuttle:

George Mason University is  located 15 minutes away from the Vienna Metro (Orange Line). The Metro to Mason shuttle runs every half hour, starting at 8:00am on the weekends. For more information about the shuttles, please visit If you plan to take the shuttle, be sure to bring your school ID. Link to shuttle schedule:


If you are driving to campus, you can park in any of our parking garages for a rate of $8.00 on the weekends. The nearest garage to the venue is the Shenandoah Parking Garage. Please refer to #43 on the campus map:



How do I register?

Register for free at (INSERT LINK HERE)

Early Registration Deadline: March 1st, 2017

Regular Registration Deadline: April 1st, 2016

Who do I contact if I’m having issues with registration?

If you are having issues with registration, contact the MasonWHO secretariat by email at A member of the Secretariat will respond within 24-36 hours to provide assistance.

What is the cancellation policy?

Participants can choose to cancel their registration up until 5pm on April 1st by emailing If participants choose to cancel, they are no longer guaranteed a spot in the conference and may not re-register. Failure to attend without cancellation may result in the participant being restricted from future MasonWHO events.


Pre-Conference Preparations:

What should I bring to the conference?

Please bring your delegate guide, research binder, a notebook, pens, and/or laptop and tablet. You may also want to bring a resume and business cards for networking with exhibitors on the first day of the conference.

What do I need to do to prepare for the conference?

Please read the theme papers and conduct research, based on your committee and region. Link to the Theme Guides here: (INSERT LINK) (We can fix this later…once it’s posted).

What is a position paper? Am I required to write one?

A position paper is an essay detailing your country’s policies on the topics being discussed in your committee. Instructions pertaining to the position paper will be sent out at the same time as delegate assignments. A position paper is optional, but is required to be considered for the awards that will be announced during closing ceremonies. All position papers must be submitted by email to by 5pm on April 7th. They will not be accepted after this time.


During the Conference:

What is the conference dress code?

The dress code is business casual. Please refrain from wearing jeans and tennis shoes.

Will food be provided?

Food will be provided. Coffee and tea will be available throughout the day. Lunch on both days will be catered by Great Harvest Bread Company. If you have allergies or food preferences, please note them on your registration form.

What are the rules of procedure at the conference?

The rules of procedure can be found at (INSERT LINK)/ (this needs to be updated later)

What is the schedule for the conference?

The current schedule can be found here. (INSERT LINK) Please continue to check back for updates.