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APHL Announces Call for Applications for Expanded Public Health Laboratory Fellowship Program

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For Immediate Release

Silver Spring, MD, April 11, 2023 – The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) is pleased to announce the expanded Public Health Laboratory Fellowship Program: An APHL-CDC Initiative is now open for applications. Funded by the American Rescue Plan via the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Public Health Laboratory Fellowship Program provides fellows exciting new career opportunities in laboratory science working collaboratively with industry leaders and developing professional networks. This program is a significant expansion of an existing APHL-CDC fellowship program. As part of the Career Pathways in Public Health Laboratory Science program, it has a broad goal of growing the public health laboratory workforce with skilled, qualified individuals early in their career.

The Public Health Laboratory Fellowship Program supports a wide spectrum of program areas such as bioinformatics, biorisk management (biosafety), environmental health, infectious disease, informatics, food safety, newborn screening and quality management. Each fellow will be trained in alignment with established public health laboratory core competencies and functions, and will work on unique program-specific projects at their host laboratory.

“The public health laboratory workforce has been chronically under-resourced, but we are excited to take such a big step toward changing that,” said Scott J. Becker, chief executive officer, APHL. “The Public Health Laboratory Fellowship Program will bring hundreds of new, highly trained professionals to laboratories around the country. We appreciate CDC’s support and partnership as we introduce public health laboratory careers to a new generation of scientists.”

Fellowships will be one- to two-year placements at US local, state and territorial laboratories serving the public’s health. Applications are now being accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. For complete information about the program, visit

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The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) works to strengthen laboratory systems serving the public’s health in the U.S. and globally. APHL’s member laboratories protect the public’s health by monitoring and detecting infectious and foodborne diseases, environmental contaminants, terrorist agents, genetic disorders in newborns and other diverse health threats. Learn more at

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