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, 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 two hundred thousand specimens it receives each year.

Tests and Services Manual

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 & Immunology (212) 447-2864
Environmental Sciences & Toxicology (212) 671-5823
Biothreat Response (212) 671-5834
Chemical Threat (212) 671-5900

Public Health Laboratory Test Request Forms

To order laboratory tests electronically, visit eOrder.