The State Hygienic Laboratory at the University of Iowa has been ensuring the health of Iowans since its creation by the Iowa General Assembly in 1904. UHL provides a wide range of environmental and public health services for citizens, policy makers, and health care providers. Its analytical and service programs address a number of environmental problems that have potential impact on human health and quality of life in Iowa and the nation.
The Laboratory’s Disease Control Division provides essential diagnostic testing and services for communicable disease control. The staff provides diagnostic services for rabies, sexually transmitted diseases, and other pathogens.
UHL also oversees two Des Moines-based programs: the Iowa Neonatal Metabolic Screening Program, which screens all Iowa newborn babies for disabling disorders, and the Environmental Quality Division, which tests for contaminants in Iowa’s air, water, and soil.
For more information about State Hygienic Laboratory services and programs, call (319) 335-4500 or visit their web site at www.shl.uiowa.edu.