Education/Training and Outreach

Jay Fetzer, a biology and general science teacher at North Cedar High School in Stanwood, discusses the process of testing water quality with John Kempf, environmental lab specialist. Fetzer spent six weeks at the Hygienic Laboratory as a recipient of a Real World Externship. The program gives teachers an opportunity to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and math, which they can share with their students during the school year.

Education is a primary tenet of the State Hygienic Laboratory and one of the core functions of every state public health laboratory in the nation. Several Hygienic Laboratory staff members have academic appointments at the University of Iowa; however, the educational and training section is focused primarily on developing the public and environmental laboratory workforce at the local, state and national levels.

The Education/Training areas of focus include emergency preparedness, environmental regulations, food safety, infertility prevention, influenza and newborn screening. This training extends to public health administrators, clinicians, first responders, students, healthcare workers and others.

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