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Peer Support Team

The Peer Support Team members are advanced Master or Doctoral students in the School of Public Health (SPH) or who are dedicated to helping their peers succeed academically in quantitative methods and writing related courses at SPH. Schedule an appointment with a member of the Peer Support Team today!

The Peer Support Team is composed of 4 members: a Writing Specialist, Undergraduate Writing Specialist, and two Quantitative Methods Specialists. The team offers:

  • In-person or virtual individual, group sessions, and workshops to help students with writing and quantitative methods
  • Assistance with class assignments in a relaxed and supportive environment

Services are free of charge and available to all undergraduate, masters, and doctoral-level Public Health students, regardless of skill level or comfort with the material. From understanding basic content to more advanced support, visiting the Peer Support Team is a great way to increase your comfort and success in your academic work. All Specialists work with one another and in consultation with course instructors, TAs, and ODI staff to ensure that students at SPH have the support they need to succeed in their coursework.

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Hope Orsi

Hope Orsi, MPH Candidate


Hope Orsi (she/her) is a second-year MPH student in Epidemiology. She has a BS in Public Health with minors in Biology and Psychology from UIC. Her interests are mainly in One Health, and this past summer she interned at Lincoln Park Zoo where she worked on a project about the effects of rodent exposure on Chicago residents. She had also worked in foodborne illness, as a UIC COVID-19 Contact Tracer, and on the UIC Outbreak Response Team.  She is passionate about discovering ways that data can be used to highlight health inequities and respond to emerging disease events. She is looking forward to working with new students on quantitative methods!


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Cameron Zielke

Cameron Zielke, PhD Candidate


Cameron Zielke(he/him/his) is a second year PhD student in Epidemiology with a concentration in Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety. He has a MS in Epidemiology from University of North Texas Health Science Center. His main area of interest for research is the effects of air pollution on health outcomes, specifically asthma. He is currently working on projects involving Coronavirus and pregnancy, the interaction of pain and sleep on depressive symptoms, and consecutive absences effects on school performance. Cameron is excited to be a Quantitative Methods Specialist for the Peer Support Team and looks forward to meeting new students and helping further their understanding of Quantitative methods.


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Madeleine Davison

Madeleine Davison, MPH Candidate


Madeleine (she/her) is a second-year MPH student in epidemiology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and sociology from Syracuse University. This summer, Madeleine interned at the Chicago Department of Public Health, working on data analysis and visualization for the National HIV Behavioral Surveillance program. Outside of work, she loves running, reading, and roller skating. She is looking forward to meeting and working with fellow students this year!


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Megan Sanico

Megan Sanico, MPH Candidate

Community Health Sciences

Megan Sanico (she/her/hers) is a first-year MPH student in Community Health Sciences. She holds a BA in Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Culminating her previous experiences in addressing health disparities in immigrant communities, Megan is pursuing an MPH in Community Health Sciences to gain expertise in implementing equitable interventions in vulnerable communities. Her previous work includes tackling food insecurity, shaping health policy, and promoting behavioral health. Having graduated from the undergraduate program, Megan is thrilled to support current students as the Undergraduate Writing Specialist!


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