The Center for Health, Work & Environment at the Colorado School of Public Health is one of six national Centers of Excellence for Total Worker Health®. 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 Total Worker Health approach in all that we do, by prioritizing safety, first and foremost, while striving to improve overall worker health. 

Current Master of Public Health students in the Environmental and Occupational Health department, Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center (MAP ERC) trainees, and MAP ERC pilot project researchers are encouraged to present their research at our annual symposium. The event is a great opportunity for students to showcase their research, practice their presentation skills, and network with businesses and professionals in the field. Students will be chosen to either: (1) prepare a poster, or (2) deliver a professional 12-minute platform presentation (with an additional 3 minutes for questions). Please note that students who receive funding from the MAP ERC are required to submit an abstract. 

Abstract Guidelines: Abstracts on all aspects of environmental and occupational health, including but not limited to clinical science, epidemiology, psychosocial and educational aspects, ergonomics, industrial hygiene, toxicology, occupational health psychology, health physics, risk assessment, emergency preparedness, air/water quality, built environment, and Total Worker Health® are welcome. 

Your abstract must: 

  • Be 300 words or less (including authors, institutions, title, body, e-mail address, tables, and figures);
  • Describe original research (either concluded studies or anticipated/early results of current studies);
  • Relate to occupational and environmental health and safety;
  • Include a descriptive title, list of authors and institutions;
  • Contain an introduction/rationale to the study;
  • Include the methods used;
  • Explain the results of the study (or, if it is a presentation of study design, include a statement of anticipated results);
  • Contain conclusions of the study and relevance to occupational and environmental health and safety and public health;
  • State the funding source(s) and provide a conflict of interest statement. If no conflict of interest exists, provide a statement indicating as such. Funding source and conflict of interest statements do not count against the permissible abstract word count;
  • Address the conference theme, “The future of work and the environment: Assessing the changing nature of work, climate change, and emerging diseases in the 21st century;” 
  • And describe how this work impacts the field of environmental and occupational health.

All abstracts must be submitted electronically through this platform no later than 5:00pm on Friday, December 20, 2019. Those chosen for a platform presentation will be notified during the week of January 13, 2020. 

We invite health and safety professionals, industry leaders, community partners, current students, and Mountain & Plains Education and Research Center alumni to submit proposals for an “Ignite Session” presentation at the 12th Annual Research Day Symposium.

How does it work?
You can present for up to five minutes (but no longer) on your past or present experience, research, or projects in the field of environmental and occupational health and safety. Use your five minutes to showcase what you’re doing, how you got to where you are, and what you envision for your field in the future. Make sure your presentation touches on the theme, leaving a legacy in environmental and occupational health and safety. You can use photos, a website demo, slides (no more than 10), a song and dance — whatever it takes to explain your main point in five minutes.

Why five minutes or less?

This short talk model is popular at conferences across the nation. “Ignite” presentations only demand the audience’s attention for a short period of time, decreasing the chance of minds wandering. This allows the speaker to focus on the most salient features of a project. (Checkout some examples here: and

Proposal Guidelines

Your proposal must:

  • Be 300 words or less;
  • Relate to occupational and environmental health and safety;
  • Describe how this work is impacting the field of environmental and occupational health.

 The proposal submission deadline is December 20, 2019 at 5 PM. 

Center for Health, Work & Environment