The Odisha State Assembly passed the AIPH University, Odisha, Bill 2017 on 14th December, paving the way for the establishment of the State's First Public Health University. The university will offer new courses in public health, which are not offered by any other university in the state. The AIPH University will offer master degree, doctoral and post doctoral programs in public health and other allied subjects. The university will provide opportunities to health professionals for acquiring public health education of higher grade. It is to establish and incorporate an academic environment which will facilitate achieving excellence in the field of public health. It will conduct research on disease prevention, awareness strategies and behaviour modification.