SchoolSchool of Public Health
DepartmentDepartment of Epidemiology

Program Description:

Epidemiology is a branch of health sciences which studies distribution and determinant factors of health-related states or events in specific populations and investigates application of these studies to fight with health hazards. The PhD students are expected to graduate with knowledge and skills in the fields of epidemiology in order to:

  • develop the practical and theoretical aspects in their field
  • carefully criticize studies as to scientific principles in research methods, data collection and analysis 
  • acquire skills to work in national health systems by relying on epidemiologic thought and knowledge, analysis and policy making ability, methods of applying research knowledge to planning and operational fields 

This field is easily combined with other fields and there is an interaction between experts of this field and those of other fields. Practicing justice, law and systematic thinking; developing evidence; and decision-making based on evidence are its outstanding characteristics. The educational aim of this program is training competent individuals in education, research and health management areas. 




Expected Competencies at the End of the Program  

 General Competencies*

  Specific Competencies and Skills

At the end of the program learners will be competent in the following skills:

  • Stating the health related problems in a population and setting priorities
  • Developing proposals for doing epidemiological studies
  • Designing epidemiological studies
  • Implementing epidemiological studies in fields
  • Reporting epidemiological evalations.

Admission Requirements

General Requirement: To apply for this program, you will need to fulfill a number of requirements, which can be found in the Graduate Admission Requirements.

Specific Requiremetns: Holding a master's degree (MSc)  in any health sciences field (like public health, nursing, midwifery …) received in Iran or abroad. The department encourages the graduates from schools of medicine (MD), dentistry (DD) and pharmacy (PharmD) to apply. 

The eligible candidate should have successfully completed an approved related Degree program and should be proficient in English or Persian.

Admission Deadline

Tehran University of Medical Sciences has a rolling application system and reviews student applications all year round.

However, the deadline for the September intake is June 31.

Education Fees and Yearly Expenses

For complete and comprehensive information about fees and expenses, please refer to the Education Fees and Yearly Expenses section.


Duration: 4 years


Courses and number of credits:


Prerequisite courses:                  10 credits

Special Courses:                           20 credits

Thesis:                                          20 credits

Total:                                            50 credits

Program Curriculum

For more information, please download the Program Curriculum of  Epidemiology



Contact Information:

In case of any inquiries, you can contact the Office of International representative of the Department of Epidemiology Tehran University of Medical Sciences through the following:

Contact Person: : Dr.Saharnaz Nedjat

Tel.:  (+98 21) 88992969

Email  :  nejatsan@tums.ac.ir

Address: Department of Epidemiology - Tehran University of Medical Sciences – Poursina St. Tehran - Iran

To contact the Office of International Admissions, please use the following information:

Tel.: (+98 21) 8890 2090-93, Ext.: 169

Email: admission@tums.ac.ir

Address: No. 21, Dameshgh St., Vali-e Asr Ave., Tehran 1416753955, Iran


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