Food Safety and Hygiene

SchoolSchool of Public Health
DepartmentDepartment of Food Safety and Hygiene


Program Description:

This doctoral program is intended to train highly qualified scientific experts in health, food safety and agrifood topics. The program also aims to educate PhD students in advanced nutrition and food science through the development of original research and enhancement of capabilities and competences related to high-quality research. 



General Competencies

Graduates should be competent in the following areas.

  • Communication skills
  • Competency-based Education 
  • Research and writing of scientific documentation
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Teamwork skills
  • Management skills

Specific Competencies and Skills 

  • Designing, implementing and evaluating various food and food sampling methods
  • Analyzing and interpreting microbial contamination test results
  • Analyzing and interpreting food chemical contamination test results
  • Commissioning, setting, calibrating and working with related laboratory equipment and supplies

Expected Competencies at the End of the Program

The graduates are expected to develop the competency to do the followings:

  • To meet the demand for PhDs in different fields of Health and Nutrition sciences. 
  • To provide theoretical and practical training as well as the necessary capabilities and competences in the field of food safety.
  • To combine human and infrastructure resources from different departments for a more efficient, food synergy in this broad scientific field. 
  • To take advantage of the experience of the existing teaching and research staff in training PhD students as a way to strengthen the European Higher Education and Research Area. 
  • To facilitate collaboration at doctoral level in order to promote networking and mobility both at the national and international levels. 
  • To promote research activities aimed at presentation of doctoral theses.
  • To consolidate an annual demand of students that allows planning of training activities for a wide audience. 
  • To satisfy the demand of master’s students, like those taking the official master’s, in getting engaged in research career on Food Safety developments





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 Bachelor's Degree (B.Sc.) in Food Safety and Hygiene, Food Microbiology, Food Science and Technology (Quality control), Health Sciences in Nutrition, Nutrition Sciences in Crises and Emergencies, Environmental Health Engineering, General Practitioner, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, General pharmacist.

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

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:                           20 credits

Compensatory:                         10 credits

Thesis:                                          18 credits


Program Curriculum

For more information, please download the Program Curriculum of  Food Safety and Hygiene


Contact Information:

In case of any inquiries, you can contact the Office of International representative of the Division of Food Safety and Hygiene, Department of Environmental Health Engineering, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences through the following:

Contact Person : Dr. Golam Reza Jahed Khaniki

Tel.:  (+98 21) 42933277

Email  :,

Address: Poorsina street, Division of Food Safety and Hygiene, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

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

Tel.: (+98 21) 8890 2090-93, Ext.: 168


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

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