Medical Informatics

SchoolSchool of Allied Medical Sciences
DepartmentDepartment of Medical Informatics


Program Description:


Medical Informatics first emerged as a new field to apply computer technology to medicine. It then developed further to extend its applications to other fields like decision science, information science, management science, cognitive science, and organizational and social sciences. 

The first organization for informatics was developed by a German scientist Gustav Wagner in 1949. For the first time, during the 1960s, the term Medical Informatics (Informatique Medicale) was coined by French scientists. This was the time when specialized university departments and training programs for Medical Informatics were developed in some of the European countries such as France, the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. Later, during the 1970s, Medical Informatics units and departments were also developed in Poland and the US. The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) was founded in 1980 to provide support for this emerging discipline. The International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) is an independent organization established under Swiss Law in 1989 in order to play a major global role in the application of Information Technology in the fields of healthcare and medical practice and research. Since 2001, young Iranian scholars have been sent abroad, mainly Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands, and Australia, to officially learn this new discipline of science. In 2003, in America, the famous report of the Institute of Medicine “Crossing the quality chasm” further highlighted the importance of this discipline by introducing the application of Health Information Technology as a way to alleviate the growing problems in the quality of current medical practice.



The field of Medical Informatics is an interdisciplinary area of science dealing with the design, development, adoption and application of information and communication technology innovations in healthcare practice, health care management, and planning. It also deals with the organization of healthcare information, clinical decision-making, medical knowledge management and discovery, and evaluation of the impact of information technology on medical research, education, and patient care.




With a growing need and new demands for the application of Medical Informatics knowledge on the one hand, and the return of first graduates from Canada and Europe, on the other, Medical Informatics was established as a PhD course by the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the I.R. Iran in 2009. The main objectives were to meet the growing needs of the health care system and to disseminate and internalize the discipline’s knowledge through training and educating specialized taskforce. The mission is to build a bridge between relevant disciplines of science, such as Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, and Organizational Science on the one hand, and Medical Science on the other, in order to benefit from the advantages of the interdisciplinary cooperation.    

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 Medical/Health Informatics, Health Information Technology (HIT), Computer Engineering or a doctorate degree in one of the fields of medicine and pharmacy 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:                 8 credits

Special Courses:                          20 credits

Thesis:                                          20 credits

Total:                                            48 credits

Program Curriculum

For more information, please download the Program Curriculum of Medical Informatics



Contact Information:

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

Contact Person: : Dr. Bahram Nikmanesh

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

Email  :

Address: Department of Medical Informatics, School of Alied Medical Sciences , No.17, Fardanesh Alley , Qods Street , Enqelab Street , Tehran , 1417744361 , 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, Ira


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