Management of Public Health Laboratories

The main aim of this program, which is intended for advanced residents, is to master the essential skills of laboratory and safety management. The main focus of this program will be on maintaining laboratory biosecurity, managing emergencies and waste disposal, all of which are significant factors that need to be managed effectively for a safe working environment. Different aspects of laboratory management will be discussed such as space and personnel management, laboratory policies and forms development, and scientific writing. This program will also introduce residents to the major concepts of Biosecurity such as building security, personnel security, transportation and information security. All of these factors contribute to maintain security and protection from biological and physical threat that could endanger the health of the personnel, surrounding environment and public health in general. Biological and Chemical waste disposal management are also two important topics that will be discussed in this program . Together with emergency management this program would sum up the most important factors that need proper regulations and a solid management system to maintain all aspects of safety in public health laboratories.


Learning Outcomes

  1. Explain the foundations of laboratory management
  2. Explain the main aspects of biosecurity
  3. Manage the disposal of hazardous waste
  4. Manage Emergencies
  5. Develop policies and regulations to contain and prevent emergencies in medical laboratories

Field Work

Residents spend seven weeks in the field work in order to be exposed to real-life situations and to practice the skills they gain with the guidance of a dedicated mentor. The following field projects are expected to be conducted during the field work period:

  1. Recognize and acknowledge the different roles and responsibilities handled by the personnel and administration and learn to coordinate between them
  2. Develop and implement safety documents and procedures that entail handling samples, equipment, and laboratory space
  3. Develop and implement security regulations based on the nature of the laboratory.
  4. Manage emergency responses and develop strategies to minimize/prevent them.

Targeted Group

The programs are useful for public health professionals working for ministries of health, non- governmental organizations, and scientists/personnel working in medical research laboratories. Since this programs focus on management courses, this programs could help professionals seeking leadership positions in the biomedical industries.

Duration: 3 Months
Courses: 5


Residents who complete the three-month program requirements will be awarded Technical diploma issued by International Academy of Public Health (IAPH) and accredited by Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA).

Courses In This Program