MSc Public Health for Eye CareLondon School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
MSc Public Health for Eye Care
This program provides ophthalmic professionals with the knowledge and skills required to reduce blindness and visual disability in their populations by developing an evidence-based public health approach for the control and management of blinding eye diseases. It enables students to contribute effectively at a local, national and international level in research, training and service delivery.
The training will enable students to develop a public health oriented approach to eye care services and the control of blindness in keeping with the objectives of Vision 2020: The Right to Sight.
They will acquire and apply skills in epidemiological and operational research, critical analysis of strategies for the control of major blinding eye diseases, in program planning, management and evaluation; facilitate a personal development, so enabling individuals to contribute more fully to their countries’ and societies’ eye health; engage with local, national and international networks of health professionals and systems, for the prevention of blindness worldwide.
At the end of this program students should be able to:
- describe the basic epidemiology of the major blinding eye diseases
- design and interpret studies to assess public health eye care needs using appropriate research methods
- critically appraise and select appropriate public health interventions for the major blinding eye diseases
- design a comprehensive eye care program for appropriate preventive and therapeutic measures for a community
- develop the skills necessary for resource mobilisation, management and evaluation of local comprehensive eye care programs and integration into health systems
- discuss the importance of disability in the global context, appraise the epidemiology of visual and impairment leading to disability and the impact of disability on people’s lives
A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine general entrance requirements and the additional program specific entrance requirements as follows:
The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's program is at least one of the following:
- a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed
- a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies
Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the institute website.
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All students take the following compulsory modules:
- Basic Epidemiology
- Basic Statistics for Public Health and Policy
- Epidemiological Methods Applied to Eye Diseases
- Introduction to Health Economics
- Foundations of Global Eye Health and Eye Care programs (formerly Public Health programs in Eye Care: Principles & Examples)
- Skills for Field Projects in Eye Care
Recommended optional modules can be taken after consultation with the program director.
All students take the following compulsory modules:
- Childhood Eye Disease and Ocular Infections
- Non-Communicable Eye Disease
- Implementing Eye Care: Skills and Resources
Additionally students take one optional module:
- Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights
- Global Disability & Health
- Reviewing the Literature
All students take one optional module:
- Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
- Principles and Practice of Public Health
- Proposal Development
Scholarships & funding
Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.
Full-Time Tuition fees
- UK: £10,990
- EU/Overseas: £25,410
Part-Time Tuition fees
- UK: £5,495
- EU/Overseas: £12,705
Graduates from this program are expected and encouraged to enter into careers with ministries of health, universities and NGOs involved in developing health services to prevent blindness and improve vision.
Below you will find just a few of the positions and organisations that our graduates from this course have entered:
Example job titles:
- Paediatric Ophthalmologist
- Community Ophthalmologist
- Director Blindness Prevention Program
- Medical Director
- Eye Specialist
About this institute
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Established in 1899, The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is dedicated to improving health worldwide through training the next generation of health leaders to address major public and global health challenges. This year, LSHTM celebrates 120 years...
Why study at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
LSHTM is highly ranked in various university league tables:
- #1 in Europe for research impact in sciences by CWTS Leiden Ranking 2019
- #3 in the world for Public Health in ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2020
- #4 in the world for Infectious Diseases in US News Best Global Universities Subject Ranking 2021
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