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The M.Sc. in epidemiology is a branch of basic medical sciences and health that evaluates the individuals and public health by collecting data and its analysis. It identifies their distribution in the society, factors affecting them, and then proposes solutions and evaluates the services provided by the health centers in different levels.


The recent century has witnessed a major change in the health patterns of the society. The changes in the birth and death patterns, age pyramid, life expectancy and patterns of the prevalent diseases in the society are evident. Changes in the prevalent diseases from infectious diseases such as Tuberculosis and cholera to cardiovascular diseases, cancers and metabolic disorders and causal models of new diseases in addition to the serious attention given to evaluation of environmental factors, work factors and psychological factors have led to development of new interests in this field and provided new grounds for doing research on public health and factors affecting it. New aspects in molecular biology and genetics are the result of the raised interest in researches on the causes of the diseases and factors affecting them. The most important role of an epidemiologist is the analysis of health statistics, monitoring and evaluating the health programs and determining the cost-effectiveness of health plans. An epidemiologist plays an important role in health system by optimizing the costs in different health programs and levels, and also contributing to selection of the best ways in raising the public health, all of which leading to the economic and social development of the society. 


Graduates of epidemiology enhance epidemiological thinking in the society and in different administrative parts of it. They analyze the public health data and help authorities in data analysis, making evidence-based decision and also drawing their attention to cost-effectiveness. In this regard, they help to produce full and equal access to quality health care services for all members of the community. They also help by proposing solutions and offering effective preventive measures raising the medical sciences in the country by doing clinical researches with regard to research standards and by raising the quality of the results. It is expected that in the future we would become one of the main centers of decision making and policy making in the field of health and disease in our region and worldwide. 


The main objective of the program is training human sources in the graduate level in order to provide the related health services in the following fields:

 Teaching and empowerment in identification of the health issues of the society

 Teaching and empowerment in identification of the behavioral patterns and the

 society’s characteristics in various aspects

 Teaching and empowerment in scientific ways of collecting data

 Teaching and empowerment in monitoring and evaluating of programs and analysis of costeffectiveness

 Teaching and empowerment in ways of using the statistical methods and computers in data analysis

 Teaching and empowerment in identification of the danger sources and ways of controlling them in different levels of the research

Specific Competencies and Skills

At the end of the program learners will be competent in the following skills:

o Stating the health related problems in a population and setting priorities

o Developing proposals for doing epidemiological studies

o Designing epidemiological studies

o Implementing epidemiological studies in fields

o Reporting epidemiological evaluations.

Basic Information:
Program Type: Degree Based
Level Of study: Master's
School / Faculty: Health
Department: Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Major (Name Of Program): Epidemiology
This program contact information:
Telephone: 009851-31892700
Mobile: +989155151799
Email Address:
Address: Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, school of Health, Mashhad Uviversity of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran
Contact Person Name: Dr. Mohammad Taghi Shakeri
Program Detail:
Length of Training:

2 years

Language Requirement:

Persian /English

Admission Requirement:

Admission requires a B.S. degree in health related sciences from an accredited university

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