Department of Epidemiology

Message from the head of the department

Dear students/applicants,

Welcome to the Department of Epidemiology located at School of Health, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran. The department has a long tradition of excellence in teaching and research and has eight full-time faculty members.

Epidemiology is the study of the frequency, distribution, and determinants of diseases in human populations. The mission of the department is to provide rigorous training in the fundamentals and practice of epidemiology, to contribute to the understanding of the etiology and prevention of diseases, and to improve public health through excellence in research.

The department has strong working relationships and academic ties with research centers in Shiraz, cohort studies in Fars province, and Fars Cancer Registration System. Indeed, the faculty members specialize in the areas of modeling for cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, accidents, GIS, and HIV/AIDS as well as in research on other health outcomes. The department offers PhD and Master’s degrees to students from various backgrounds, including general physicians. Our graduates hold key positions in voluntary health organizations, health departments, consultation firms, and managed care organizations and academia.

International students should apply through the following link. The requirement for registration has been provided below:

Incoming graduate students are required to attend the Department Orientation, which provides an introduction to department procedures and program requirements as well as an opportunity to ask questions and time to meet the faculty and staff.

We welcome you to the Department of Epidemiology and hope your experience here will be enjoyable and rewarding. We wish you the very best and look forward to working with you over the next years.

Haleh Ghaem, PhD

Associate professor

E-mail: ghaemh@sums.ac.ir.


The Department of Epidemiology was established in January 1975 as a part of the Department of Health in addition to the Department of Health and Nutrition at the Faculty of Medicine of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences. The Department of Health accepted students in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, MPH, and Social Medicine. The Department of Epidemiology officially joined the School of Public Health in 1997. It should be noted that Shiraz School of Public Health was the only one in the country to obtain the license to establish Master’s degrees in Epidemiology until 2001. In the fall of 2006, this group was separated from the Department of Biostatistics and continued its activities independently.

Vision and Mission

Educational Goals

1- Education and empowerment in identifying community health problems

2- Education and empowerment in identifying behavioral patterns and community characteristics in various dimensions

3- Training and empowerment in monitoring and evaluating programs and cost-effectiveness analyses

4- Training and empowerment in scientific methods for data collection

5- Training and empowerment in using statistical and computer methods in data analysis

6- Training and empowerment in identifying the sources of errors and how to control them in different research stages

Research Goals

1- Demographic issues, brain drain, addiction, youth, statistical and epidemiological modeling

2- Poisson regression analysis

3- Evaluation of the prevalence and incidence of diseases in the community

4- Analysis of survival data and life tables

5- Demographic problems

6- Analysis and classification of discrete data

7- Advanced statistical methods

8- Survey in the distribution of diseases and social problems using GIS

9- Modeling of disease survival analysis

AcAcademic Members

Name and official photo

Scientific degree

Areas of interest

Resume and contact info.

Haleh Ghaem


Associate professor

- Mixed model analysis

- Time-dependent


- Survival analysis

- Competing risks analysis

- Development of

questionnaires and

longitudinal (cohort) studies


Abbas Rezaianzadeh



- Cancer epidemiology

- Clinical epidemiology


Jafar Hasanzadeh



- Observational


- Clinical epidemiology

- Scientific inference


Alireza Mirahmadizadeh


Associate professor

- Epidemiological

methods and studies

- Diabetes

- Cohort studies


- Drugs and addiction

- Health economy,

especially CEA and


- Screening and periodic

health examination (PHE)


Hamidreza Tabatabaee


Assistant professor

- Geographical

information analysis in



Mohammad Fararouei



- Cohort studies

- Cancer epidemiology

- Nutritional epidemiology


Reza Chaman



- Case-control studies

- Nested case-control studies

- Randomized clinical trials

- Cohort studies

- Systematic reviews


Mozhgan Sadat Seif


Assistant professor

- Statistical machine learning

- Model-based recursive partitioning

- Random and conditional forests

- Classification and regression trees

- Survival analysis

- Mixture cure models

- Multivariate analysis

- Big data analysis

- Support vector machines

- Artificial neural network


 Academic Staff

Name and official photo

Tel. (Ext.)

Areas of service


Zahra Gharghi

37251001 (239)

Educational assistant


Raziyeh Assat Atapour

37251001 (376)

Researcher and GIS



Zahra Gheibi

37251001 (250)

Epidemiology lab



Laboratories and Facilities

· GIS room

· Conference rooms

· Computer room

· Computers

· Laser printers

· Video projectors

· Overhead machines

· Library with 72 books in English and five books in Persian

· Research consultation center

Educational Programs

1. Undergraduate Courses

Program name

Academic assistant

Study period

Eligible disciplines for application





2. Post-graduate Courses: M.Sc. Programs and Courses

Program name

Academic assistant

Study period

Eligible disciplines for application


Haleh Ghaem

2-3 years

Bachelor of Medical Sciences, Parasitology,

and Hospital Affairs and PhD of

Veterinary Medicine

3. Post-graduate Courses: PhD programs and Courses

Program name

Academic assistant

Study period

Eligible disciplines for application


Haleh Ghaem

4-5 years

Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine,

Master’s degree in one of the disciplines

approved by the Ministry of Health and

Medical Education, Master’s degree in

Demography and Mathematical Statistics.

4. PhD Candidates

Name and official Photo


Areas of interest

Resume and contact info.

Ahmad Maghsoudi

Jafar Hasanzadeh

- Epidemiology of high-risk behaviors, such as AIDS

- Estimate of hidden populations via indirect


- Systematic review and meta-analysis

- Epidemiology of non-


diseases, such as

CVD and cancers


Soheil Hassanipour

Haleh Ghaem

- Systematic review and meta-analysis

- Clinical trial

- Addiction


- Society-related health problems

- Design of epidemiological studies

- Analysis of

various studies,

such as clinical and epidemiological ones


Masome Mousavi

Mohammad Fararouei


- Sexually



- Cancers


Seyedeh Leila Dehghani

Abbas Rezaianzadeh

- Research in various subjects

related to



Ali Mohammad Mokhtari

Alireza Mirahmadizadeh

- Systematic

review and meta-


- Quality of life


Farzaneh Mobasheri

Mohammad Fararouei

- Modeling of

longitudinal data


- Calculation of

attributable risk,

burden of

diseases, and YLL

- Accidents

- Hearts diseases

- Cancers


Marjan Zare

Abbas Rezaianzadeh

- Mega data analysis


Shokrollah Mohseni

Jafar Hasanzadeh

- Trend analysis of non-communicable

diseases and

calculating their burden

- Epidemiology of


- Population studies and the related indices


Gholam Reza Mohammadian

Alireza Mirahmadizadeh

- Diabetes

- TB

- Biogas


Hasan Ali Nikbakht

Haleh Ghaem

- Health policy and research about communicable and non-communicable diseases

- Cancers


Pezhman Bagheri

Abbas Rezaianzadeh

- Genetic and molecular epidemiology

- Systematic review

- Meta-analysis

- Health strategic planning via SWOT approach

- KAP studies

- Questionnaire designing

- Validity- reliability measurement


Fatemeh Rezaei

Jafar Hasanzadeh

- Non-communicable diseases
- Tobacco

- Social determinants of health


Mosa Ghelichi

Mohammad Fararouei

- Survival analysis models
- Social issues of health (SPH)
- Prevalence and incidence of non-communicable diseases (diabetes, cancers, etc.)


Elahe Piraee

Haleh Ghaem

- Survey data analysis
- Distribution of diseases and social problems using GIS
- Demographic problems
- Studies using the Poisson regression approach
- Prevalence and incidence of diseases using the community-based approach


Habibollah Azarbakhsh

Alireza Mirahmadizadeh

- Descriptive-analytical studies
- Study of the prevalence and incidence of diseases in the community
- Study on accidents, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension


5. Institutes and Research Centers



Areas of research

Contact info.

GIS Center

Hamid Reza Tabatabaee

Survey about distribution of diseases and social problems


Useful Links and Scientific Resources

- https://www.amar.org.ir/

- https://www.sabteahval.ir/default.aspx?tabid=4756

- http://www.who.int/whosis/en/

- http://www.who.int/gho/publications/world_health_statistics/en/

- http://www.who.int/gho/database/en/

- https://www.cdc.gov/

- https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/

- http://www.gapminder.org/data/

- http://www.indexmundi.com/

- https://data.worldbank.org/indicator

- http://www.oecd.org/social/family/database.htm

- https://ourworldindata.org/

- http://www.worldometers.info/

- http://world.bymap.org/

- https://canadiantaskforce.ca/

- https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/

- https://www.uptodate.com/contents/search

- http://health.barakatkns.com/

- http://www.magiran.com/

- http://sid.ir/

- http://www.citefactor.org/journal-impact-factor-list-2015.html

- https://publicationethics.org/

- http://www.acronymfinder.com/

- http://irea.ir/

- http://ieaweb.org/

- http://ieaweb.org/regional-activities/eastern-mediterranean/

- https://academic.oup.com/ije

- https://link.springer.com/journal/10654

For more details and application, please contact:

Abdolrahim Asadollahi, PhD, M.Sc., GGDP

International Applicants Affairs

Email: a_asadollahi@sums.ac.ir.

Tel.: (+98)- 71- 37251001

Fax: (+98)- 71- 37260225

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Address: School of Health and Nutrition, Al-Zahra Street, Shiraz, Iran
PostalCode: 14336 - 71348
Phone: +98(71)37251001-6

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