About Us

The Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health is one of six Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health® (TWH) and houses the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center, one of 18 centers of its kind supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Our mission is to advance worker health, safety, and well-being. ​ 

We educate future leaders, conduct research, and design practical solutions to occupational health and safety challenges with our partners. We use a TWH approach in all that we do, by prioritizing safety, first and foremost, while striving to improve overall worker health.

Our signature programs


MAP ERC student standing in front of her research poster
Our Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) educates, and funds the training of, future occupational health and safety leaders. We also provide financial support for innovative pilot studies in the western United States and offer continuing education courses for professionals.
worker at her desk holding a baby in her lap
Health Links™ is a mentoring program that champions health and safety at work. We offer evidence-based Healthy Workplace Certification™ and advising to help organizations and their team members achieve TWH. Our deep experience as researchers and industry trailblazers informs everything we do.
construction worker wearing hard hat and gear
Our research focuses on testing new methodologies and implementing practical solutions to advance worker health, safety, and well-being. The research is interdisciplinary and designed to impact workplaces in greatest need locally and around the world, including small and medium-sized businesses and industries such as construction, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, and agriculture. ​
The center is supported by a combination of funding from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), philanthropic gifts, research grants, and contracts.