Introduction to Public Health Laboratories

Public health laboratories focus on diseases and the health status of population groups. They perform limited diagnostic testing, reference testing, and disease surveillance. They also provide emergency response support, perform applied research, and provide training for laboratory personnel.

These materials provide an overview of public health laboratory core functions and services.

 

Topics

  • Role and core functions of public health laboratories
  • Public health laboratory system infrastructures
  • Sample collection and submission procedures

Available Materials

Slide Presentation

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Suggested Citation:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Introduction to Public Health. In: Public Health 101 Series. Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2014. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/publichealth101/laboratories.html.

E-learning Courses

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