The Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses
) was established in 2006 to recognize and build on the strong tradition of public health research and education at the University of Guelph. The role of CPHAZ
is to coordinate existing public health research at the University of Guelph, create and support working relationships between researchers across disciplines, and advance education related to zoonoses and public health.
A collaborative and multidisciplinary approach is necessary to address public health challenges at the human-animal-environmental interface. Areas of expertise include the production of a safe and abundant food supply, prevention and control of zoonoses, eco-system health, and comparative animal research. Methodological research approaches range from the molecular to the population-level.
Extensive collaborations across disciplines, and with numerous animal health and public health organizations, allow this collective to address complex topics and to disseminate results to a broad range of stakeholders. This work is enhanced by strong student interest in public health, including DVM, MPH, MSc, and PhD students.