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What does it take to run a public health laboratory? A PhD in microbiology? Years of experience working in a lab? Extensive knowledge of laboratory testing techniques? All of these and more. Laboratory directors must be able to manage a budget, motivate staff, advocate for funding, organize committees and understand legislative processes. APHL aims to attract students into the profession and give those already working in public health opportunities to develop leadership skills.

Leadership and Fellowship Programs

APHL sponsors leadership development and fellowship programs, leads an annual orientation for new public health laboratory directors and sponsors educational sessions and forums to advance careers in public health laboratory science and shape the direction of the field. Initiatives include:

Emerging Leader Program (ELP)
The ELP is a twelve-month leadership development program offers unique training opportunities and the chance to collaborate on a project addressing a pressing workforce issue. Learn more.

Fellowship Programs
APHL fellowships offer graduates of bachelor’s, master’s and postdoctoral programs professional opportunities in public health laboratories across the US. Learn more.

Emerging Leader Alumni Network (ELAN)
ELAN helps develop marketing strategies for previous cohort projects, plan forums on topics in leadership and management, and serve as mentors for current emerging leaders.

New Laboratory Directors’ Orientation
An intensive three-day orientation for new laboratory directors hosted at CDC. The program includes leadership assessment, team-building exercises, skill-building workshops and sessions with key staff from APHL and CDC.

Promotion of Public Health Laboratory Science Careers
Partnerships and projects encouraging students to pursue public health laboratory science careers.

We'd Love to Hear from You

Are you currently working as a public health laboratory scientist and would like resources and tools to advance in the field? Are you a microbiology, chemistry or biology student researching job opportunities upon graduation? Do you work for a partner public health organization and want to join efforts in marketing public health or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers?

Contact Pandora Ray, advisor, Leadership, Training and Workforce Development​ at pandora.ray@aphl.org.