Climate & Worker Health Targeted Research Training Program

Program overview

The Climate & Worker Health Targeted Research Training (TRT) program supports future leaders in the field of climate and workforce health by receiving high-quality education and research training in addressing the short- and long-term impacts of climate change on occupational health. The program emphasizes populations experiencing disparities in exposure and adaptation measures including rural, migrant and precariously employed, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), Latino/a, and aging workforces.

The Climate & Worker Health TRT is a program run across two institutions: the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado and Colorado State University. The Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) financially supports qualified students in the program. The MAP ERC is one of 18 National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH) Education and Research Centers in the country.

Students supported by the center collaborate with trainees in ergonomics, occupational and environmental medicine, industrial hygiene, health physics programs, Total Worker Health® on interdisciplinary research, scholarly projects, and in-depth field assessments at local industry sites. Trainees in this program will join a forward-thinking faculty and student cohort to address one of the most urgent challenges we face today in public health.


Program Director & Associate Directors

Sheryl Magzamen headshot

Sheryl Magzamen PhD, MPH

Associate Professor
  • Center for Health, Work & Environment
  • Department of Epidemiology
  • Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity & Diabetes Center

Sheryl's primary research focus is understanding the relative contribution of social factors and environmental exposures on chronic disease. She has worked extensively in the elementary school setting on developing surveillance methods and educational programs for childhood asthma, understanding the role of lead exposure in educational outcomes, and analyzing the role of social culture and indoor environmental quality and the health and performance of students and teachers. She has active collaborations with exposure scientists to develop refined exposure assessment models in community and agricultural settings in studies of childhood and occupational respiratory disease. Her current methodological work focuses on application of novel approaches to understand environmental pollutant mixtures in community-based studies. Sheryl is the epidemiology concentration lead at the ColoradoSPH at CSU.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asthma epidemiology
  • Geographic information systems
  • Air pollution
  • Epidemiological methods

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, The University of California, Berkeley, 2007
  • MPH, Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 1997
  • BS, Biology, Cornell University, 1996

Who should apply?

Current doctoral students in any year of their program from the following fields:

  • Climate scientists
  • Epidemiologists
  • Statisticians
  • Occupational safety and health experts
  • Psychologists
  • Public health professionals
  • Laboratory researchers



PG YearStipend 2023-2024

*NRSA will publish new stipend amounts for the upcoming year in June 2023.

Frequently asked questions


University of Colorado

  • John Adgate, PhD, MSPH | Professor, EOH
  • Alison Bauer, PhD | Associate Professor, EOH
  • Jared Brown, PhD | Professor, Toxicology
  • Jaime Butler-Dawson, PhD, MPH | Assistant Professor, EOH
  • Elizabeth Carlton, PhD, MPH | Associate Professor, EOH
  • James Crooks, PhD | Clinical Associate Professor, Epidemiology
  • Kristopher Karnauskas, PhD | Associate Professor, EOH
  • Liliana Tenney, DrPH | Assistant Professor, EOH
  • Courtney Welton-Mitchell, PhD | Assistant Professor, EOH

Colorado State University

  • Ashley Anderson, PhD | Associate Professor, Journalism & Media Communications
  • William Brazile, PhD, CIH | Associate Professor, Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences
  • Ellison Carter, PhD | Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Gwenith Fisher, PhD | Associate Professor, Psychology
  • Debbie Lee, PhD | Assistant Professor, Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences
  • Christian L’Orange, PhD | Assistant Research Professor, Mechanical Engineering
  • Luke Montrose, PhD | Assistant Professor, Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences
  • Andreas Neophytou, ScD | Assistant Professor, Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences
  • David Rojas-Rueda, MD, MPH, PhD | Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
  • Joshua Schaeffer, PhD, MS, CIH | Associate Professor, Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences
  • Dimitris Stevis, PhD | Professor, Political Science
This program is supported by a Training Grant T42 OH009229 with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health as part of one of 18 national Education and Research Centers.

Center for Health, Work & Environment

Colorado School of Public Health

CU Anschutz

Fitzsimons Building

13001 East 17th Place

Suite W3111

Mail Stop B119

Aurora, CO 80045

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