Health Education and Health Promotion

SchoolSchool of Public Health
DepartmentDepartment of Health Education and Health Promotion

Program Description:

Health Education and Health Promotion is interested in all aspects of health sciences, especially new trends such as health communication, life style, education of self-care, individual and community empowerment. The program at PhD level was launched in 1999 in Tehran University of Medical Sciences, and subsequently the medical universities of Iran, Shahid Beheshti, Isfahan, Yazd, Hamadan and Tabriz admitted students to the program. It is worth mentioning that the initial title of the program – Health Education – was replaced by Health Education and Health Promotion in 2011.

The PhD graduates in this field will acquire the knowledge and skills to identify the determinants of health and to design, implement and evaluate the health-related programs. They help in enabling people to improve and have better control over their health. The Program is mainly intended to:

  • Change the behaviors of the individuals or social groups
  • Improve the quality of life for people in the community
  • Have an impact on Social Determinants of Health (Political and socio-economic factors)
  • Create health promotion settings
  • Participate in health policy meetings 
  • Meet the needs of scientific research and management centers


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:

    Designing, managing and promoting health improvement programs.

  • Critically evaluating research articles and scientific documents.
  • Managing interventional programs in the field of health education and health promotion.
  • Cooperating with policy-makers in policy making in all sectors of the society.
  • Encouraging and attracting people and organizations to take part in programs on health education and health promotion.
  • Communicating with the relevant bodies to seek their support for health education and health promotion.
  • Developing the health awareness of individuals, groups and organizations and empowering them with the ability to make wise and healthy choices.


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 health education, social sciences and sociology, social welfare, medical education, midwifery, maternal and infant health, psychology and education, Nursing, health policy; or a general doctorate in medicine or dentistry, a professional doctorate in veterinary medicine, a clinical specialty or higher degrees in medicine and dentistry  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:                  4 credits

Special Courses:                           18 credits

Thesis:                                          20 credits

Total:                                            42 credits

Program Curriculum

For more information, please download the Program Curriculum of Health Education and Health Promotion

Contact Information:

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

Contact Person: : Dr. Gholamreza Andaji Garmaroudi

Tel.:  (+98 21) 42933255

Email  :  

Address: Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, 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

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