Public Health Laboratory

Established in 1892, the Public Health Laboratory was the world's first municipal bacteriological laboratory. In the century since its first campaign, which was to control diphtheria in New York City, the bureau has expanded to provide a wide variety of clinical and environmental laboratory testing services. Today, the Public Health Laboratory performs testing on more than 200,000 specimens it receives each year.

Tests and Services

General Service Information

Questions concerning the availability of tests not listed, specimen requirements, or other information should be directed to the laboratory listed below.

Microbiology 212-447-6783
Virology and Immunology 212-447-2864
Environmental Sciences and Toxicology 212-671-5823
Biothreat Response 212-671-5834
Chemical Threat 212-671-5900

Public Health Laboratory Submission Guidelines

To order laboratory tests electronically, visit eOrder.