External Training Links
Take courses from non-CDC laboratory training providers
There are numerous credible providers of quality laboratory training available online. A list of training providers is below. To add a state or group to this list, please email CDC Laboratory Training at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) represents state and local governmental health laboratories in the United States. Its members, known as “public health laboratories,” monitor and detect health threats to protect the health and safety of Americans. Founded over 50 years ago as a forum for state public health laboratory directors, APHL brings together laboratories and staff from multiple disciplines, including public health, environmental, agricultural and food safety laboratories.
The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) offers a variety of webinars for laboratory personnel interested in professional development. Current topics are presented by experts in the field and include in-depth discussions on laboratory technology and testing. ASM is the oldest and largest single life science membership organization in the world.
Most webinars are approved for P.A.C.E.® credits.
Program Coordinator, PPC
The CDC Learning Connection keeps you informed about public health learning opportunities from CDC, funded partners, and other federal agencies. Many of these opportunities offer free continuing education. The CDC Learning Connection:
- Features learning opportunities that align with public health training needs, national health observances, and priority topics
- Keeps public health professionals up-to-date on the latest training through a monthly e-newsletter and social media messages
- Offers access to thousands of training opportunities through CDC TRAIN—CDC’s online learning system
- Connects professionals to information about CDC internships and fellowships
- Provides e-learning design tools and resources
The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa offers a variety of learning modules in the following topic areas: Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) compliance, rule out/refer procedures for agents of bioterrorism, and general laboratory topics such as influenza surveillance, chain of custody, and foodborne outbreak investigation.
Courses are also offered through Prepare Iowa for public health professionals on topics such as the role of sentinel labs in emergency response and biosafety.
Laina R. Edwards, MME
Training and Education Supervisor