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Ohio Public Health Laboratory


The Public Health Laboratory was established in 1898 to function as the State Reference Laboratory for human-related diseases. The laboratory provides reference testing, consultation, education, training and preparedness in support of public health programs and medical services.


When there are outbreaks of diseases or natural or man-made disasters, the laboratory provides critical services to identify and reference bacteria, mycobacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites, toxins and blood specimens. The lab also provides assessment of selected environmental risks, screens for diseases of public health interest, laboratory proficiency surveys and education programs. The laboratory training and preparedness services reflect a new service line for the lab. This new line of service offers clinical laboratory personnel as well as first-responders (e.g., fire departments, police departments, hazardous materials teams, and the FBI) educational and training services on personal safety, communication strategies and safe handling, packaging, shipping and transport of potential select agent samples.

Programs within the Laboratory

Mailing Address

Ohio Department of Health
Bureau of Public Health Laboratory
8995 East Main Street, Bldg 22
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068


Phone: 1-(888) 634-5227 / 1-(888) ODH-LABS

Fax: (614) 752-9863


Last Reviewed: March 2015