Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Administration

SchoolSchool of Pharmacy
DepartmentDepartment of Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Administration


Program Description:


"Healthy human" is the most precious asset of societies and therefore has been the focus of most national and international development strategies. However, most of the time decision makers are faced with the fixed budget problem, where they have to decide how to allocate or ration resources between patient groups. Managing health sector is one of the major challenges of the today's most governments around the globe. Faced with increasing healthcare costs, many countries are now requiring evidence of cost effectiveness to convince decision makers to include the proposed medicine to their national medicine list. This may cause more efficient pricing of the medicines. In recent decades decision makers in healthcare system have realized the importance of prioritization in the health sector and health technology assessment (HTA) has been extensively used by policy makers in developed countries. HTA is a multidisciplinary activity which systemically evaluates the effect of a technology on health, on the availability and distribution of resources and on other aspects of health system performance such as equity and responsiveness. 

Today Pharmacoeconomics can be used as a tool of management, which could be applied to strategic and operational decisions about pharmaceutical development, production and consumption of medicines. Pharmacoeconomics could provide direction for allocation of limited resources in healthcare system. Pharmacoeconomics use economic approaches are applied to pharmaceuticals to guide the use of limited resources to yield maximum value to patients, health care payers and society in general. Pharmacoeconomics & Pharmaceutical Administration, as an post graduate discipline in Iran pharmacy education system started since 2005.



The graduates will be expert in using economics and policy principles in appropriate allocation of resources available in healthcare system in order to prove equitable access to the most cost-effective clinical interventions. In addition, they learn how to efficiently allocate resources in research and development activities in pharmaceutical industry.




  • Application of the economic & management sciences in the pharmacy education, research, training and policy making.
  • Enhancing knowledge of pharmacists in the fields of economic & policy sciences.
  • Leading & supervising research in the fields of Pharmacoeconomics and pharmaceutical administration & policy.


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 Economics, Health economics, Health technology assessment, Healthcare management, Regulatory affairs, Pharmacy or a general doctorate degree on one of the fields of Medicine, Pharmacy and veterinary is required for entering the discipline, 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:                 2 out of 13 credits

Special Courses:                          27  credits

Thesis:                                         20 credits

Total:                                           49 credits

Program Curriculum

For more information, please download the Program Curriculum of Pharmacoeconomics and Pharmaceutical Administration

Contact Information:

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

Contact Person: : Dr. Hamid Reza Adhami

Tel.:  (+98 21) 6412 1280

Email  :

Address: Tehran, Enghelab Square, 16 Azar St., School of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences.

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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