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Programs & Services

Public Health Laboratory (ProvLab)

Service is not provided directly to patients; this service provides tests and programs relating to public health.

Operating under Alberta Precision Laboratories (APL) and based at two sites this service has a scope of approximately 2 million tests per year including environmental water testing (drinking water and recreational water), enteric disease related testing for outbreak investigation, immunity testing including prenatal testing, mycobacteriology, mycology, parasitology, transplant virology, zoonotic diseases, sexually transmitted infections, HIV, hepatitis viruses, vaccine preventable diseases and bioterrorism related testing.

The service provides clinical and public health microbiology testing and diagnostic algorithms, employing state-of-the-art methodologies including advanced molecular and genomics methods.

Also under the responsibility of ProvLab is the acute care clinical microbiology testing for the University of Alberta Hospital and the only containment level 3 laboratory in the province used for clinical diagnostic purposes.

In addition staff respond to outbreaks, emerging issues and emergency response situations as the need arises.

The trend in clinical microbiology continues to include multi-pathogen detection arrays, point-of-care rapid testing, as well as whole genome sequencing / genomics approaches to pathogen characterization. ProvLab is integrally involved in research for all of these issues.

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Contact Details

University of Alberta Hospital

Location Info
ProvLab North; Located in Walter Mackenzie Centre, , entrance located on 83 Avenue, south end of Walter Mackenzie Centre
8440 112 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T6G 2B7
780-407-7121, 780-407-7121 (Microbiologist/Virologist On Call), 780-407-8925 (Environmental Testing), 780-407-8822 (UAH Switchboard)
Getting There

Parking and Public transportation available

Parking map

Hours of Operation
24 hour service

Clinical consultation available 24 hours a day. Contact the Microbiologist/ Virologist On Call.

Water Sample Drop Off

  • Monday to Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm (Distribution 1B1.07)
  • Monday to Friday: 4:00 pm – 8:00 am and Saturday/Sunday/Stat Holidays (Micro Specimen Receiving 2B3.01, access through the University Hospital entrances, contact the Environmental Testing Area)

Water Samples received after 4:00 pm are processed the next day.

Please see the ProvLab Guide to Services for more detailed information.

Service Providers May Include
doctors, environmental technologists, epidemiologists, laboratory assistants, laboratory technologists, microbiologists, program leads, quality technologists, research staff, safety technologists, virologists
Referral Needed

Service is not provided directly to patients. Testing is requested by healthcare providers and results are provided only to healthcare providers.

Service Access

No access to the public. ProvLab does not provide direct phlebotomy or collection service to the public. Contact your physician to locate phlebotomy and collection sites within your community.

After Hours Access

If water samples must be processed after regular hours, weekends or statutory holidays, contact Environmental Testing during regular working hours to make special arrangements

Service Languages
Interpreter/Translation services
Service Locations
Also Known As
Provincial Laboratory for Public Health (ProvLab)