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Master of Science in Laboratory Sciences

The Wadsworth Center Master of Science in Laboratory Sciences Program combines lecture-based course work with direct laboratory training. The program is housed within one of the largest and most comprehensive public health laboratories in the United States. In this two-year fulltime program, students will have hands-on experience in areas such as public health investigation, infectious disease, environmental assessment, and genetic testing, with specific emphasis on the activities of a public health laboratory.

Scientists at the Wadsworth Center study public health issues, from drug resistance to emerging infections and environmental exposures. Investigators explore the basic biological processes that contribute to human health and disease, and employ modern methods, such as next generation sequencing, and use state-of-the-art technologies. As the state's public health reference laboratory, Wadsworth Center also responds to public health threats, develops advanced methods to detect microbial agents and genetic disorders, and measures and analyzes environmental chemicals. The Center also operates the most extensive laboratory licensure program for clinical and environmental laboratories and blood and tissue banks, and participates in numerous undergraduate, pre- and post-doctoral training programs. Students interact with laboratory scientists in various fields and disciplines, and public health partners including epidemiologists and support staff.

Wadsworth students graduating from this program will be well-equipped to conduct laboratory analysis with cutting-edge tools and technology, investigate complex public health questions and respond to every day challenges in public health.

Christina Egan, Ph.D.Christina T. Egan, Ph.D.
Director of Scientific Education,
Master of Science in Laboratory Sciences Program