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Introduction to Public Health Laboratories

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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.

This introductory public health laboratory course provides an overview of public health laboratory core functions and services.

Course Topics

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

Supplemental Materials

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Slide Presentation

Cover slide for Introduction to Public Health Laboratories presentation These slide sets are in the public domain and may be downloaded and customized as needed by the user for informational or educational purposes. Permission from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is not required, but citation of the source is appreciated.

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 Course

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