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Competency Guidelines for Public Health Laboratory Professionals: CDC and the Association of Public Health Laboratories
Renée Ned-Sykes, PhD, Catherine Johnson, MA,John C. Ridderhof, DrPH, et al.
MMWR 2015;64(No. Suppl 1).
May 15, 2015


These competency guidelines outline the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary for public health laboratory (PHL) professionals to deliver the core services of PHLs efficiently and effectively. These competency guidelines are targeted to scientists working in PHLs, defined as governmental public health, environmental, and agricultural laboratories that provide analytic biological and/or chemical testing and testing-related services that protect human populations against infectious diseases, foodborne and waterborne diseases, environmental hazards, treatable hereditary disorders, and natural and human-made public health emergencies.

Under the Poliscope

Dr. Carrie Wolinetz, Associate Director of Science Policy at the National Institutes of Health, is proud to announce the launch of the new Office of Science Policy (OSP) blog “Under the Poliscope: Bringing Science Policy Into Focus.

“Under the Poliscope” will highlight the activities of the NIH Office of Science Policy, but will also focus on science policy matters in general as well as emerging issues of interest to the life sciences community and public at large.

In the inaugural blog, which is now available, Dr. Wolinetz discusses “Why Science Policy Matters.” We invite you to view the blog and provide us with your feedback. The blog is meant to be an interactive experience and we encourage readers to provide their thoughts and ideas in order to stimulate a dialogue between NIH and its stakeholder.

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