For a laboratory scientist in public health, the non-routine is commonplace. If Monday brings a Salmonella investigation, Tuesday could arrive with a chemical spill, a potential incident of bioterrorism or a case of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Yet students and young professionals often are unaware of career opportunities in public health laboratories because, in contrast to many other health and science professions, these dynamic institutions tend to operate “behind-the-scenes.”
APHL’s National Center for Public Health Laboratory Leadership is responding to this challenge by expanding awareness of public health laboratory careers. In collaboration with partners, it has developed the following resources to promote careers in public health laboratory science to students and young professionals.
K-12 Student Resources
virtual open house designed to introduce students to the exciting careers in public health laboratory science.
An animated, one-minute
video describes the role of the public health laboratory.
College and Beyond
A Guide to Public Health Careers
online guide with information about public health-related degree programs, top public health employers and tips for starting a career in public health.
What Can I do with a Degree in Public Health?
Free, user-friendly app from the Association of Schools of Public Health that answers that very question. Users can search more than 2,000 profiles of public health careers by specialty, employer type and location or explore the profiles at random.
National Center for Public Health Laboratory Leadership Storytelling Project
25 audio interviews (http://www.aphl.org/mycareer/lablead/Pages/Storytelling.aspx) with senior and prospective laboratory leaders. Laboratorians explain how they discovered the field of public health and why students are following in their footsteps.
For Public Health Professionals
That’s Sick – Educator’s Tab
An added feature to
www.thatsssick.org created by APHL’s Emerging Leader Program that provides resources for
teaching public health concepts and sharing information about careers as a public health laboratory scientist.
APHL Member Resource Center
A database of public health laboratory resources (http://www.aphl.org/MRC/Pages/default.aspx) developed by APHL and its members. Enter "hands-on science” in the search field to find additional ways member laboratories are promoting lab science careers to students.