Wadsworth Center

The Biomedical Science and Environmental Health Science programs benefit from being based at the Wadsworth Center, a modern, well-equipped comprehensive research institution which serves as the public health laboratories of the New York State Department of Health. This relationship exposes the student to a range of real-world, scientifically based environmental and public health problems, and to an organization with a tradition of high-quality research.

Scientists at Wadsworth Center study public health issues ranging from drug resistance to emerging infections and environmental exposures.  Scientists investigate basic biological processes that contribute to human health and disease, employing modern methods such as biomarkers of exposure and state-of-the-art technologies.  As the state’s public health reference laboratory, Wadsworth responds to public health threats, develops advanced methods to detect microbial agents and genetic disorders, and measures and analyzes environmental chemicals. The Wadsworth Center also operates the most comprehensive laboratory licensure program for clinical and environmental laboratories, and has its own blood and tissue banks.

The Wadsworth Center is composed of four facilities: Biggs Laboratory, Center for Medical Science, David Axelrod Institute, and Griffin Laboratory. Students in the Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences will have some of their courses taught at these locations.

Matriculated degree students in Biomedical Sciences and Environmental Health Sciences may obtain a Wadsworth Center photo-identification badge to enter the Wadsworth Center for classes and research during the day as well as after-hours and on weekends.  All other School of Public Health students may access the Wadsworth Center from 8:00am – 4:00pm, Monday to Friday with a valid SUNYCard to use the Dickerman Library and attend classes and seminars.