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Become a Public Health Microbiologist! 

Find out how you can join the field of disease detectives in Public Health for California.


What are Public Health Microbiologists?

A California certified Public Health Microbiologist (PHM) is a professional laboratorian who specializes in detecting, isolating, and identifying the microorganisms that are associated with infectious and communicable diseases.

In public health laboratories, PHMs perform analyses on specimens from humans, as well as from water supplies, food and the environment. They provide laboratory support for the surveillance, control and prevention of communicable diseases and other health hazards in the community. PHM is one of several subdisciplines within the profession of microbiology that offers great opportunities to impact individual and population health from the county level to the national level. 

How do I become a LFS approved PHM trainee?