Peer Support Team
Now serving students virtually!
The Peer Support Team members are advanced MPH students who are dedicated to helping their fellow students succeed academically. The team offers individual and group sessions to help students understand public health concepts and skills, and to assist with class assignments in a relaxed and supportive environment. Services are free of charge and available to all undergraduate and masters-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.
The Peer Support Team is comprised of 3 members: a Writing Specialist and two Quantitative Methods Specialists. The Writing Specialist provides assistance with all aspects of written assignments, including brainstorming paper topics, thesis development, paper organization, proofreading and citations. The Quantitative Methods Specialists review basic concepts and methods, review homework assignments, conduct exam review sessions, provide SAS assistance, and more. All three 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. Schedule an appointment with a member of the Peer Support Team today!
Peer Support Team Rules
About the rules
- Be on time
- Try logging into Zoom ahead of time to address technical issues
- If you schedule a meeting and find yourself running late, please contact the person you scheduled a meeting with to let them know that you are running late
- If you are more than 15 minutes late, your appointment will be automatically canceled and your time slot will be given to another student
- Students are limited to two scheduled Peer Support sessions per week. Feel free to reach out via email if you foresee needing further support
- Complete sign-in sheet for each session (find links below)
- Be prepared
- To makes best use of time, please come prepared with assignment prompts and drafted work before your session
- For Quantitative sessions, we recommend coming prepared with specific questions and sharing with the specialist what you have already tried
- The Peer Support Team strives to create an accessible and respectful environment; those who disrupt that environment will be asked to leave
- If you miss more than 3 scheduled sessions without advanced notice, your access to the Peer Support Team could be temporarily suspended. Please make sure to always contact the Peer Support Team when you foresee missing an appointment
- Be on time
Quantitative Methods Specialist
Cindy Ndiaye, MPH Candidate
Cindy Ndiaye is a second year MPH student in Biostatistics. She holds a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in psychology from UIC. Cindy’s research and laboratory experience from 2014 to present-day include physical chemistry, organic synthetic chemistry, applied statistics, epidemiology, and microbiology/virology. She currently is associated with conducting data analyses for UIC’s Greater Lawndale Healthy Work (GLHW) program and has recently completed a stratified analysis based on Greater Lawndale survey data focused on the association of precarious work and the development of mental distress. Cindy looks forward to continuing to practice and learning the core elements of biostatistics/epidemiology and is excited to help students with quantitative topics this Fall.
Quantitative Methods Specialist
Courtney Oei, MSCandidate
Courtney Oei is a second year MS student in Epidemiology. She holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics with a minor in Educational Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Courtney is currently working at the Illinois Department of Public Health doing syndromic surveillance of emergency department (ED) visits and inpatient admissions for opioid overdoses, marijuana use, and, of course, COVID-19. In addition to monitoring ED visits, she also works in the ED as an EMT at the University of Chicago Emergency Department. Courtney is so excited to work with students to understand the fundamental concepts of Epidemiology and Biostatistics!
Anna Ahn, MPH & MBA Candidate
Health Policy and Administration
Anna Ahn is a second year MPH Health Policy and Administration student and is also a candidate for a Masters in Business Administration. Academically, she is interested in understanding and interpreting health inequities through social theories. At the School of Public Health, Anna’s is learning ways to integrate on the ground voices into strategic planning and decision making processes. Presently, Anna is an Infection Control Practitioner at Sinai Health System, where she participates in the surveillance and reporting of infectious disease. As a Care Coordinator at Lawndale Christian Health Center, Anna is involved in the follow of care for ER discharge patients and internal performance assessment of Better Birth Outcomes, a prenatal care program. Anna is also an intern at the Field Museum where she participates in Chicago Green Equity and the Roots & Routes initiative. Anna is the Writing Specialist for the Peer Support Team with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.