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VCU, state lab team up to usher in next generation of scientists for public health

Post Date:05/19/2023 10:14 AM
"There’s a new push to get more scientists involved in the state public health lab. That lab is responsible for a number of issues, including tracking infectious diseases and making sure the water we drink is safe. state health aerial picture'We need a solid, competent workforce to be able to be available if we have to respond to public health emergencies,' said Dr. Denise Toney, Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services director. But with the lab short-staffed, a unique collaboration is emerging between Virginia Commonwealth University and the lab to prepare the next generation of scientists. VCU hopes by offering a Medical Laboratory Services Master of Science with a concentration in public health laboratory services that the interest will peak and the vacancies will be filled. 'This is just a great opportunity. It allows students to take courses in areas they don’t get here in our program that will give them the special edge to get into the public health laboratory,' said Dr. Melissa Jamerson, associate professor, VCU College of Health Professions,'" reports NBC 12. Photo: There’s a new push to get more scientists involved in the state public health lab.  Image VCU Pinterest.
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