The Department of Veterinary Public Health and Epidemiology was established in 1984 and upgraded to School of Public Health and Zoonoses (SPHZ) in 2012 and then to Centre for One Health in 2021. The prime mandates of the Centre are teaching, research and extension activities in the field of zoonoses, milk and meat hygiene, food safety, environmental hygiene and epidemiology. The Centre has is working with many prestigious research agencies, including, DBT, DST, UGC, ICAR, ICMR in projects on Zoonoses, Food Safety and Environmental Health.
The Centre has many past and ongoing collaboration with reputed foreign institutes like Royal Veterinary College, London; University of Sydney, Australia; University of Saskatchewan, Canada. There are also active ongoing collaborations with medical colleges and hospitals to generate evidence-based data for endemic zoonoses and food safety related issues. The Centre is associated with epidemiological research and awareness drives on many important zoonoses, including brucellosis, tuberculosis, rabies, cysticercosis, hydatidosis, food safety organisms, environment contaminants etc. The Centre for One Health also offered one-year Post-graduate Diploma program in ‘One Health’ for capacity building among the professionals of various health sectors.