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The academic program balances both classroom and hands-on learning. Courses are taught by Wadsworth Center staff, professionals in public health laboratory science. In addition to lectures, students have many opportunities to be "at the bench", from rotations to their Capstone Project — an opportunity to further explore a chosen area of public health and to take ownership of a project from start to finish. 

Letter from the Director of Scientific Education

The Wadsworth Center Master of Science in Laboratory Sciences Program combines lecture-based coursework with direct laboratory training. In this two-year program, students gain 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.

Students graduating from this program will be proficient in conducting laboratory analysis with cutting-edge tools and technology, investigating complex public health questions and responding to everyday challenges in public health.

The program is housed at the Wadsworth Center, one of the largest and most comprehensive public health laboratories in the United States. Scientists at the Wadsworth Center study public health issues, from antimicrobial resistance to emerging infections and environmental exposures. As New York 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 analyzes and identifies environmental chemicals in water, soil, and air.

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.

The Center also operates the most extensive laboratory licensure program for clinical and environmental laboratories, and blood and tissue banks.

Dr. William Wolfgang

William J. Wolfgang, Ph.D.
Director of Scientific Education,
Master of Science in Laboratory Sciences Program