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Odisha To Establish Public Health University

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Odisha To Establish First Public Health UniversityBelieved to be the first of its kind in the country, Odisha is understood to have accorded its approval to establish public health university at Gramadiha village in Jatni tehsil, around 20 km from Bhubaneswar. The government has also allotted around 17 acre of land for the upcoming university.

The Odisha government will soon sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Asian Institute of Public Health AIPH who had proposed to set up the said public health university, after which the state Assembly will have to pass the new university Bill for the privately-managed state university.

Public health as a subject has great importance because preventive healthcare is of utmost importance, especially because several people die from preventable diseases. Public health is the art and science of preventing disease through organized efforts and societal interventions.

Odisha doesn’t have any health or medical university so far.  The state government is also planning to convert the VSS Medical College and Hospital into a unitary university.

Actually various colleges and institutes have been offering courses in public health, but the number of professionals produced is miniscule. India needs around 10,000 more public health professionals at present. But the country is producing around 500 per year. The new public health university will help reduce this gap.

The new public health university would offer master and postdoctoral degree, diplomas and certificates courses in public health and public health management to both medical and non-medical professionals, the announcement said.

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