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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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot attest to the accuracy of a non-federal site. Linking to a non-federal site does not constitute an endorsement by HHS or any of its employees of the sponsors or the information and products presented on the site. Users will be subject to the destination site’s privacy policy when following the link. For more information on exit notifications and disclaimers for non-federal

websites, the following resources may be helpful: HHS Web standards.

Association of Public Health Laboratories
The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL)

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.

Phone: 240-485-2745


American Society for Microbiology
American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

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.

Nicole Jackson
Program Coordinator, PPC
Phone:  202-942-9257


CDC Learning Connection

The CDC Learning Connection


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
State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa
State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa

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
Phone: 319-467-1303