Health Services Management

SchoolSchool of Public Health
DepartmentDepartment of Health Services Management

Program Description:

The PhD Program in Health Services Management is designed to provide opportunity for students to learn fundamental skills in the core areas of health systems including  the  nature of  the  organization  of  health  care services  (i.e.,  production,  delivery,  access  and utilization), healthcare management, health policy and health economics with a specific focus on management. This includes main goals and functions of management in healthcare (e.g. stewardship, financing, payment, resource generation, planning, organization, leadership, monitoring and evaluation). The program is also specifically designed for those seeking a broader sense of knowledge and skills of healthcare management to improve health and healthcare in the community. 

The primary objective of this program is

  • to provide students with a thorough overview of selected topics in the field of health management;
  • to acquaint graduate students with the current knowledge and work in the field of health management
  • to prepare them for serious research in health management.




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:

  • Understanding and describing health systems goals and functions 
  • Diagnosing and investigating healthcare problems and solutions 
  • Informing, educating and empowering people about healthcare problems and solutions 
  • Mobilizing community partnerships to identify and solve healthcare problems 
  • Developing policies and plans that support healthcare 
  • Evaluating effectiveness, accessibility and quality of health services
  • Designing and developing research projects to add insights and find innovative solutions to health problems
  • Applying the evidence- based approaches to develop and manage policies, strategies and plans of action in healthcare 
  • Choosing policy options, as well as cost-effective and evidence-based intervention methods in healthcare 
  • Designing, developing, implementing and evaluating national and local strategies in healthcare 
  • Putting strategies into practice in the national and local plans of actions 
  • Understanding how to strengthen healthcare systems to effectively implement strategies and action plans
  • Understanding how to strengthen and reorient healthcare services for effective prevention, control and management of diseases, and how to measure accessibility to services
  • Understanding how to expand and improve the cooperation between various sectors 
  • Making efforts to strengthen national capacity, leadership, and the interdepartmental and intersectoral approach to improve health and healthcare  services 
  • Demonstrating the importance of and the need for partnerships and interdepartmental cooperation for improvement of health and healthcare  services 
  • Financial planning and management  
  • Leadership and systems thinking  
  • Policy development/program planning
  • Work as a professional in health system
  • Analytical assessment of healthcare and health systems


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 one of the fields of Hospital Management or Health Services Management or A Doctor of Medicine (MD), a Doctor of dentistry(DMD), a Doctor of Vet Medicine (DVM) received in Iran or abroad.  

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 Health Services Management


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

Contact Person: : Dr. Ebrahim Jaafari Pooyan

Tel.:  (+98 21) 42933058

Email  :

Address: Department of Health Economics and Management, 4th Floor, West wing, School of Public Health (SPH), Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), Engheleb Square, Tehran, Iran

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

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


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


Apply Now!

In case you are ready to apply, please refer to TUMS Online Application Form below.

Apply Now

Alternatively, you can visit the following pages if you require more information about the university: