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Community nutrition is a branch in nutrition science which covers a vast area of food and nutrition related to individuals, households, and the needs of special groups residing in specific geographical locations. In this field, most people are regarded in the form of groups, community, and populations. Moreover, community nutrition has been defined as “the translation and conversion of nutrition sciences in designing and managing effective and appropriate programs for the community, and bettering nutrition in order to provide food and nutrition in the context of human rights and development”.  Community nutrition emphasizes on achieving food and nutrition security for the population, while the nutrition in public health focuses on nutritional services.


Providing grounds for community-oriented education based on the national culture and compatible to sustainable development which:

- can realize the science of nutrition form cell to society level and developing service and administrative skills of those graduated in the field,

- will be able to promote inter-sectoral approach in nutrition aiming at sustainable development based on national plans and policies and the articles at both national and small scale levels. 


Preparing suitable grounds in education and research in line with moving towards realizing food and nutrition security, aiming finally at bettering life quality within Iranian society 


A-Training community nutrition specialists aiming at inter-sectoral collaboration who can initiate the following:

  1. Designing and managing plans and policies related to food and nutrition and rendering effective, efficient, coordinated, and balanced services;
  2. Training and applying bottom-up planning in managing food and nutrition plans in the country;
  3. Establishing and initiating a unified inter-sectoral approach in education, research, and in-service education of food and nutrition;
  4. Training and educating efficient human resources (leaders) in applying nutrition science and related fields in achieving food and nutrition security in the community;
  5. Advocacy for support of policy-makers and planners at macro levels for providing suitable nutrition in community;
  6. Coordinating educational and research activities and developing and planning educational activities for offering courses in community nutrition through: 

6.1-supervising the methods of offering courses as well as reviewing and commenting on the text books and their contents in community nutrition;

6.2- Reviewing and designing the research proposals, and offering them to the education and research councils of the SBMU school of Nutrition Sciences and Food technology;

6.3- Annual evaluation of the department in order to present at the education and research councils;

6.4- Reviewing and commenting on the curricular programs and revising them as well as determining the course contents based on the latest knowledge and developments;

6.5- Training skilled experts and specialists in nutrition science in various academic levels 

The educational & research activities of the department include the following:

  1. Teaching community nutrition at BSc, MSc, and PhD programs in different disciplines;
  2. Teaching and preparing curricula for all of the courses offered;
  3. Supervising and evaluating the ways the courses are offered, both text-wise and content-wise based on the approved curricular programs;
  4. Authoring and translating scientific books and textbooks in the field of community nutrition in order to enhance students’ and researchers’ access;
  5. Designing and implementing research projects;
  6. Training and supervising the students in their MSc thesis and PhD dissertation proposals;
  7. Holding educational workshops for the academic staff, students, and those active in the field; 

Chairman of the Department: Professor Dr Nasser Kalantari 

Tel.: (+98)- 21- 2207- 7424 



Research Interests

Educational Interests

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Educational Level

Nasser Kalantari


Child Growth & Improvement; Integrated Management of Pediatric Diseases (MANA); Community Food & Nutrition Security

Nutritional assessment; Nutrition in Life Cycle; Malnutrition and its Epidemiology; Public Health; Food & Nutrition Ecology; Nutrition Services in Primary Health Care; Food and Nutrition Planning

Associate Professor



Nasrin Omidvar


Food & Nutrition Security; Designing & Evaluating Interventions for Changing Dietary Behaviors; Social Determinants of Nutrition

Nutrition Assessment; Nutritional Planning & Management; Nutrition of Specific Groups; Food & Nutrition Planning & Management

Associate Professor

Nutrition Sciences


Bahram Rashid Khani


Cancer Epidemiology from Nutrition perspective

Disease Epidemiology; Biostatistics; Nutrition Epidemiology

Associate Professor



Maryam Ghavam Sadri


Nutrition Education & Counseling; Malnutrition

Nutrition in Life Cycle; Malnutrition & its Epidemiology; Food Services management


Public Health Nutrition


Maryam Sadat Farvid




Associate Professor

Nutrition Sciences


Maryam Shokoohi





Public Health Nutrition


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