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Elizabeth Carlton, PhD, MPH

Assistant Professor


Elizabeth Carlton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. She is an environmental epidemiologist who works with a multi-disciplinary and multi-national team of scientists to understand the ways in which social and environmental processes impact waterborne diseases. Over the past decade, she has documented the reemergence and persistence of schistosomiasis in southwest China, including the patterns of reinfection and the potential role of agricultural practices in sustained transmission. Her recent work includes the application of next generation genomics to understand barriers to disease elimination in residual transmission hotspots. Her current research also includes work to estimate the potential impacts of climate change on respiratory health and diarrheal diseases. She has on-going research studies in the Colorado Front Range, Sichuan, China, and northeast Thailand.

Professor Carlton teaches graduate and undergraduate level courses in environmental 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.

Visit Beth Carlton’s Research Lab page

Research Interests
  • Surveillance and control of water-borne diseases
  • The use of genomics to understand infection pathways for Schistosoma japonicum and other water-borne parasites
  • Estimating the impacts of climate change on water-borne diseases and respiratory health
Key Publications

  • Shortt JA, Card DC, Schield DR, Liu Y, Zhong B, Castoe TA, Carlton EJ, Pollock DD 2017. Whole Genome Amplification and Reduced-Representation Genome Sequencing of Schistosoma japonicum Miracidia. PLoS Negl Trop Dis. 11:e0005292.
  • Eisenhauer IF, Hoover CM, Remais JV, Monaghan A, Celada M, Carlton EJ. 2016. Estimating the Risk of Domestic Water Source Contamination Following Precipitation Events. Am J Trop Med Hyg 94:1403–1406.
  • Eisenhauer IF, Celada MA, Carlton EJ. 2016. In search of safe and sufficient water: a portrait of household wells in rural Guatemala. Photoessay. Int J Epidemiol 45:677-682.
  • Carlton EJ, Woster AP, DeWitt P, Goldstein RS, Levy K. 2016. A systematic review and meta-analysis of ambient temperature and diarrhoeal diseases. Int J Epidemiol 45:117-130.
  • Carlton EJ, Liu Y, Zhong B, Hubbard A, Spear RC. 2015. Associations between schistosomiasis and the use of human waste as an agricultural fertilizer in China. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9:e0003444.

Courses Taught
  • EHOH 6617 Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology
  • EHOH 6635 Climate Change and Health
  • PBHL 2020 Introduction to Environmental Health
  • EHOH 6624 Infectious Diseases, Environmental Contexts
  • PhD Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley
  • MPH Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
  • BS Biology, Yale University
Honors and Awards
  • Dean’s Recognition Apple for Teachers, School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, 2008, 2009
  • M. Donald Whorton Writing Award, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, 2013
  • International Journal of Epidemiology Photoessay Competition. Runner-up. 2015.
  • Delta Omega National Honorary Society in Public Health, Inducted 2017

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