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Welcome to the City of Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory!

The Milwaukee Health Department Laboratory (MHDL) is a division of the City of Milwaukee Health Department. MHDL works diligently to support local public health systems in collaboration with the Disease Control and Environmental Health, Consumer Environmental Health, and Family and Community Health divisions by providing a variety of clinical and environmental testing, as well as various reference laboratory testing services. Additionally, the lab is constantly working to protect the health of the community by providing real-time disease surveillance from a local to international scale, and by responding to threats of public health concerns and/or emergencies. The lab also works in partnership with local health care providers, academic institutions, and community organizations to provide public health education and training, research, and to develop quality improvement initiatives.

About Us

Since 1874, MHDL has been providing vital services to our community as the city’s public and environmental health laboratory. Follow the links below to learn more about the services MHDL provides.

  • Clinical and Environmental Microbiology
  • Virology and Molecular Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Keenan Health Center (KHC)

Laboratory Services

MHDL provides quality testing services to the Greater Milwaukee Area and beyond. Laboratory hours are 8:00 am to 4:45 pm, Monday through Friday. Follow the links below for more details on the tests available. 


Laboratory System Improvement Program (L-SIP)

MHDL is commited to exploring new ways to improve our ability to serve the community. L-SIP is a program designed to assess, monitor, and refine the performance public health laboratory systems by involving our partners and stakeholders in the improvement process. Learn more about this program and what initiatives MHDL is working on by following the links below.


Publications and News

Interested in learning about laboratory sciences and public health? Laboratory science professionals are critical to healthcare, both enivormental and clinical. Follow the links below to read more about what is happening at the MHDL and opportunites to get involved.


Contact Us

City of Milwaukee Public Health Laboratories
841 N. Broadway, Room 205
Milwaukee, WI  53202-3653

Tel:  414-286-3526  
Fax:  414-286-5098
Monday-Friday: 8:00 am-4:45 pm

Emergency after hours contact, call 414-286-2150.


►Fillable, printable MHDL requisition

MHD Divisions