• 2024/7/19
North khorasan University of Medical Sciences



Department of Public Health and Health Education and Promotion

The Public Health Department of the School of Public Health was established in 2004 with two departments of family health and disease control. In 2021, the Public Health Group was changed to form the Public Health and Health Education and Promotion Group.


  1. Promoting health and management knowledge at the national and regional levels
  2. Helping to maintain and improve the health of urban and rural communities

Group activities:

  1. Theoretical and practical teaching of licentiate degree students
  2. Basic research, applied in various fields as needed
  3. Providing advisory services in the field related to the expertise of the members of the group.
  4. Publication of Educational and Scientific Materials required by students.
  5. Holding and participating in holding seminars and scientific workshops at the college and university level.
  6. Coordination with the relevant units in the provision of appropriate student practical training.
  7. Communicate and collaborate with other university departments


The training of committed forces, familiar with the concepts of health to provide, maintain and enhance the health of the community, especially families, preventing and controlling diseases and promoting healthy lifestyles and healthy nutrition in the community.

Health Education:

The Health Education and Health Promotion Department of the School of Public Health was established in 2016.Health education is the part of healthcare, which focuses on the effects of behavioral factors on health. It initiates with healthy individuals, who are interested in the development of individual and social health criteria, helping these people expanding their lifestyles in ways that effect the improvement and maintaining of their health.

Health education is a combination of learning experiences, which facilitates the voluntary acquisition of healthy behaviors, resulting in providing, preserving, and improving health. In addition, it integrates educational, structural, economical, and environmental supports to improve healthy behaviors.

While health education is a responsibility of all healthcare personnel, it is rooted in a series of educational and behavioral, psychological, anthropological, social, communicative, medical and health information sciences, developing with the passing of time along with the developments made in the mentioned sciences. 

Health Education Background:

Regular activities based on planning health education at the international level started after the establishment of World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948, one of the founders of which was Iran.

Health education activities were initiated a long time (1951) after the establishment of health ministry of Iran, which was established in 1941, in a limited level. At first, these educations emphasized issues related to malaria eradication. Over the years, improvement of environment, compilation of educational courses and readable materials, and producing posters and bulletins gradually became a part of activities of the ministry. Health education unit of ministry of health was equipped and became more active in 1961. Eventually in 1972,health educational office was converted to health educational bureau, which became responsible for conducting missions related to health education across the country.

In early stages, promoting public health, improving the health of environment and fighting against infectious diseases were the major goals of health education, which were fulfilled by organizations fighting against tuberculosis. Along with scientific, economic, social, and cultural changes in the world, philosophy, goals, and methods of health education were altered as well.


Department of health education and promotion has aimed to train graduated students, who are able to recognize and treat different hygiene issues, with the help of high capacity of faculty members, specialists, and enthusiasts of the field. Graduated students should also be able to improve the performance of ministry of health and treatment through appropriate research and providing reasonable and measurable solutions. They should also cooperate in programing and managing issues related to health and treatment system of the country. Transferring technologies and appropriate procedures to improve capabilities of health and treatment ministry, recognition of developmental factors and its spread through the world are some other missions of these individuals to improve health condition of a country.


Department of health education and promotion has aimed to develop its educational aspect by training members with different and relevant educational levels. In addition, it’s goal is to be regarded as one of the top educational departments of the country by training exceptional students in both scientific and ethical aspects.

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