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 Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHG) is India’s first Public Health University. IIPHG is an example of visionary leadership of Honorable Shri Narendra Modi (then Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat), who laid the foundation stone and provided support for establishing the institute in 2008. Government of Gujarat and Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) entered an MoU in 2007 to establish IIPHG. Under the MoU, Government of Gujarat allocated land and agreed to share a part of the project cost.

IIPHG aims to strengthen the overall health system in the country through education, training, research, and advocacy/policy initiatives. The institute started its operation in July 2008 from its interim location in Ahmedabad with the commencement of its 1st batch of Post Graduate Diploma in Public Health Management (PGDPHM). In-service medical officers from the states of Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, and Madhya Pradesh were sponsored by National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) to attend this course. IIPHG is recognized as a University under IIPHG Act 2015 of the Government of Gujarat. For more details visit our Approval and Recognition Section.

It’s state-of-the art green campus spread over 50 acres land in Gandhinagar with world-class research facilities and laboratories. The permanent campus of IIPHG was inaugurated in 2015 by Shri Vijaybhai Rupani, Honourable Chief Minister of Gujarat in presence of Shri Shankarbhai Chaudhary, Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Gujarat and Shri N. R. Narayana Murthy. IIPHG is India’s largest Public Health University and is the Hub for excellence in Public Health Teaching, Public Health Innovation, Research and Practice. 

IIPHG is currently registered as a Society under the Societies Act. The institute has a Governing Council with four secretaries of the government as ex-officio members and four representatives of PHFI as members. The Chairperson of IIPHG is an independent person of high repute, and currently this position is held by Mr. Sudhir Mankad (IAS), former Chief Secretary of Government of Gujarat. The institute is headed under the directorship of Prof. Dileep Mavalankar, a renowned Academician and Researcher trained in India and United States of America, and working in the field of public health since last three decades.