About the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory

Mission Statement

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) provides a wide range of diagnostic and analytical services for the assessment and surveillance of infectious/communicable diseases, foodborne outbreak analyses, biological and chemical terrorism analyses and the analytical evaluation of dairy products and water to evaluate safety for consumption and compliance throughout Nevada. The NSPHL represents a first line of defense in the rapid recognition of a public health threat to the citizens of Nevada. Analytical services are performed in support of state and national public health disease prevention programs and environmental health initiatives.


The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) is part of the University of Nevada, Reno. As such, the governance of the NSPHL is by the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) Board of Regents.