Cortnie Schierman, MS, CHES

Research Project Specialist
Population Science and Policy

    About me

    Primary Responsibilities:

    In the Department of Population Science and Policy, my primary responsibility is to support research efforts in central and southern Illinois with the aim to increase health equity and improve health outcomes in rural populations.


    I graduated from Winona State University in 2017 with my BS in public health as well as became a Certified Health Education Specialist. From there, I joined the Peace Corps and served in Lira, Uganda as a Community Health Volunteer. I assisted World Education/Bantwana with HIV/AIDS prevention and care initiatives all throughout Uganda. After Peace Corps, I attended Western Illinois University and received my MS in health sciences focused on public health. While there I was a Coverdell Fellow with IIRA’s Fellows Program in Community Development. During graduate school, I worked with the Fellows Program as their Programming and Outreach Assistant. My interests are in sexual and reproductive health along with health equity. In my free time, I enjoy reading, raising my plant babies, and going to the gym.



    Education & training

    Research Project Specialist, Population Science and Policy
    Graduate Degree
    Master of Science in Health Sciences, Western Illinois University
    Undergraduate Degree
    Bachelor of Science in Public Health, Winona State University

    Academic Location

    Academic Office

    201 E Madison Street Springfield, IL 62702
    Mail Code: 9664