Elizabeth Carlton Faculty Profile

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Elizabeth Carlton PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
  • Department of Environmental & Occupational Health

Email Address:elizabeth.carlton@cuanschutz.edu

Primary Phone:303-724-7947

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Aurora, CO 80045

Elizabeth Carlton is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is an environmental epidemiologist who studies the ways in which social and environmental conditions—from climate change to urbanization—impact infectious diseases. She is interested in improving surveillance tools for infectious diseases and identifying vulnerable populations and high-risk environments. Her research over the past decade has helped to clarify the impacts of climate change on water-borne diseases.

Dr. Carlton leads a research program using next generation genomics and field epidemiology to understand barriers to schistosomiasis elimination in residual transmission hotspots. She is currently working with investigators from the University of Colorado’s Anschutz Medical Campus, CU Denver and CU Boulder to develop mathematical models to estimate the trajectory of COVID-19 in Colorado and the potential impacts of transmission control strategies. 

Professor Carlton teaches courses on environmental epidemiology, the health impacts of climate change, and global 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