Community Medicine

SchoolSchool of Medicine
DepartmentDepartment of Community Medicine
DegreeSpecialty (Residency)


Program Description: 

Over 30 years since the establishment of community medicine educational program in Iran and its first revision in the nineties and due to changes of the community health needs up to the present, the curriculum should be revised. Since 2004-2005, a group of the program experts proceeded to develop a relatively comprehensive program supervised by Medical Education Council Secretariat using different curricula in the world, benefiting from expert opinion and considering the circumstances of the country. This curriculum was reviewed frequently in expert meetings, the discipline steering committee, development and educational planning committee and commission of Medical Education Council Secretariat. Finally it was approved by permanent commission of and announced to educational departments and universities of medical sciences that run residency programs in this field.

Definition of the Training Program:

Community medicine is a clinical specialty in which the graduated students through acquiring up to date Knowledge and technology, will be able to improve Health system leadership by improving personal, Family and community health and health Indices evaluation and analysis


A list of the most important competencies

Health status assessment

  • Criticizing and analyzing health policies, programs and projects 
  • Being able to conduct applied research and applying the research results 
  • Analyzing data 
  • Assessing population health
  • Assessing community
  • Identifying risk factors and developing plans to mitigate risks
  • Providing advice for health and lifestyle changes 
  • Investigating and controlling epidemics
  • Analyzing the future health status of the community 
  • Developing and analyzing health system indicators
  • Developing diseases geography and map spotting

Determining and implementing interventions to improve health status

  • Performing health system management
  • Developing strategic plans
  • Performing economic analysis of interventions and programs especially for cost-effectiveness of   
  • Seeking support for health promotion (advocacy)
  • Social marketing in healthy management of the disease in the community
  • Providing health and lifestyle advice

Evaluating interventions

  • Being able to conduct applied research and applying the research results
  • Health surveillance Other areas:
  • Providing advice to health system agents
  • Self-promotion
  • Team working
  • Communicating 
  • Managing projects 
  • Theorizing in the field of public health


Duration of the Training Program is 3 years.



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: Degree in General Physicians (M.D) or Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S.) by one of the Iranian or foreign universities.

The eligible candidate should have successfully completed an approved general physician 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.



Table: The overall structure of the course

Years of residency

Department / unit (education field)




  • Classroom and group work rooms
  • Self-study room
  • Center for medical social skills training (lab)
  • Basic theoretical and general courses
  • Basic and specialized practical courses (workshops)

36 theoretical and workshop units 

(8 months)

City Health and Treatment Network

Familiarity with the system of service delivery, community assessment, participation in programs and work with health-related NGOs

2 months

Prevention and health promotion center (clinic)

Identifying risk health factors in individuals and populations and providing solutions

2 months


  • Classroom and group work rooms
  • Self-study room
  • Center for medical social skills training (lab)
  • Basic theoretical and general courses
  • Basic and specialized practical courses (workshops)

22 theoretical units (4 months)

Province Health and Treatment Network

Familiarity with network, community assessment, project implementation

2 months

University research centers

Research consultancy, evaluation of research management system, criticism of papers

1 months

Management units of the Ministry of Health and the relevant organizations

Visit and familiarity, project implementation

2 months

Prevention and health promotion center (clinic)

Identifying risk factors, determining health indicators in covered population, consultation

3 months


Department of community medicine

Reporting on projects, journal club

One or two days a week (a total of 3 months)

Prevention and health promotion center (clinic)

Identifying risk factors, consultation, determining health indicators in the community, working on specific issues

3 months

International arenas


2 months

Elective field

project implementation

4 months



Contact Information:

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

Contact Person: Dr. Azita Kheiltash

Tel.: (+98 21) 6405 3216

Email :  


Address:  Department of Community Medicine, Building No. 4, School of Medicine, Poursina St., Ghods St., 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, Ira




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