Elizabeth Carlton Faculty Profile

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Elizabeth Carlton PhD, MPH

  • Department of Environmental & Occupational Health

Email Address:elizabeth.carlton@cuanschutz.edu

Primary Phone:303-724-5099

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Aurora, CO 80045

Elizabeth Carlton is a professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is an environmental epidemiologist who studies how infectious diseases spread and why, at times, they persist despite control efforts. Her research focuses on improving surveillance tools for infectious diseases including COVID-19 and schistosomiasis. She values transdisciplinary approaches and working with her collaborative research group that includes masters and doctoral students, as well as postdoctoral fellows. Dr. Carlton currently leads a research program using next generation genomics, epidemiology and ecology to understand barriers to schistosomiasis elimination in residual transmission hotspots. Since the start of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, she has been a core member of the Colorado COVID-19 modeling group, providing rapid analysis and evidence synthesis to Colorado leadership. She leads a program working to improve surveillance tools for SARS-CoV-2 in the Rocky Mountain West, using rapid literature review, data analysis and mathematical modeling.

Dr. Carlton teaches courses on environmental and occupational epidemiology, the health impacts of climate change, and the emergence and control of infectious diseases. She leads the Doctor of Public Health program in Environmental and Occupational Health. She received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of California Berkeley, her MPH from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and her BS in biology from Yale University. Prior to graduate school, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Global health
  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Health impacts of climate change
  • Surveillance and control of infectious diseases

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
  • MPH, Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • BS, Biology, Yale University


  • Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health, Inducted 2017
  • M. Donald Whorton Writing Award, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, 2013
  • Dean’s Recognition Apple for Teachers, School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, 2008, 2009

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

3rd Floor

Mail Stop B119

Aurora, CO 80045

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