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 Director

Lee Newman

Lee Newman MD, MA

Distinguished Professor, Director (CHWE)
  • Center for Global Health
  • Center for Health, Work & Environment
  • Department of Environmental & Occupational Health
  • Department of Epidemiology


Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

CU Medicine Building

13199 East Montview Boulevard

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Newman is a researcher, physician, public health practitioner, and educator. He is a distinguished university professor in the Departments of Environmental & Occupational Health and Epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. He is founding director of both the Center for Health, Work & Environment and the Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center. He co-founded Health Links™, the ColoradoSPH Certificate in Total Worker Health®, and the University of Colorado Consortium for Climate Change & Health. Dr. Newman is also professor of medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. He founded Axion Health, Inc., an occupational health informatics company. Dr. Newman is recognized for his scientific and practical contributions to occupational health and safety, Total Worker Health, immunotoxicology, biomarker development, occupational lung disease prevention and treatment, sarcoidosis, beryllium health effects, chronic kidney disease of unknown cause, health informatics, medical surveillance, and climate change and worker health. He has authored over 200 scientific papers and over 120 books, chapters, and monographs. Dr. Newman consults for government agencies, businesses, labor groups, and community organizations. His favorite life role is as mentor, second only to husband and father. He is irrationally optimistic.

Areas of Expertise

  • Total Worker Health, especially applied to small enterprises and internationally
  • Prevention of occupational injuries and illnesses
  • Workplace health promotion and health protection
  • Etiology of occupational and environmental disorders
  • Immunotoxicology, especially immune effects of metals (beryllium)
  • Granulomatous lung disorders: Chronic beryllium disease and sarcoidosis
  • Biomarker development
  • Medical surveillance in the workplace
  • Health informatics in the healthcare industry
  • Etiology and prevention of chronic kidney disease in agricultural workers

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Fellowship, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Colorado, 1987
  • Internship and Residency, Internal Medicine, Emory University, 1983 
  • MD, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, 1980 
  • MA, Cornell University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, 1977 
  • BA, Amherst College, 1975 


  • 2019 designation as a University of Colorado Distinguished Professor, the highest honor for faculty at CU
  • 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Colorado, CU Anschutz 
  • 2015 Diversity Award, CDC/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Diversity Steering Council 
  • 2012 Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Colorado, CU Anschutz 
  • 2011 Delta Omega, National Public Health Honorary Society (Alpha Upsilon Chapter President) 
  • 2004 Fellow, Collegium Ramazzini 
  • 1990 Fellow, American College of Chest Physicians (FCCP) 

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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