The aim of the program is to prepare laboratory scientists for diagnostic, investigative, and leadership careers in public health. A broad range of scientific expertise is offered to the Fellows. Fellows can learn state-of-the-art diagnostic microbiology; participate in protocol development and research in infectious diseases, newborn screening, translational medicine and environmental health. The Fellow will gain experience in a given laboratory to learn how to perform specific research techniques and/or diagnostic tests within the framework of the laboratory’s day-to-day operation and within the framework of special programs managed by the laboratory.

Upon completing the program, it is expected that Fellows will have:

  • A general understanding of biomedical and public health sciences
  • A comprehensive understanding of his/her area of specialty
  • Exposure to state-of-the-art laboratory techniques
  • An understanding of how to evaluate clinical tests
  • A working knowledge of quality assurance/quality control principles
  • Appreciation of the importance of laboratory safety and security
  • An understanding of epidemiological principles and the interactions between epidemiologists and public health laboratories
  • Opportunities to learn about and practice scientific communication
  • Awareness of the regulatory roles of the Wadsworth Center
  • Training on research ethics