Public Health for Eye Care at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS

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Course summary

Eye health has far-reaching implications for individuals and society. Yet many people face sight impairment and blindness due to inadequate access to affordable, high-quality eye care. More than 90% of vision loss is treatable or preventable. Our MSc in Public Health for Eye Care focuses on the generation of evidence around eye health care, and the implementation of strategies based on that evidence – helping you develop better interventions and deliver better care. Over one year (full time) or two years (split study), you’ll develop the specialist skills you need to move on from considering just the needs of the patient in front of you, to the needs of the entire population. With our mission to improve eye health services, particularly for people in low- and middle-income countries, you’ll be inspired and prepared to make global changes in the field. What you will learn:

  • Understand how general public health principles, health economics and statistics apply to the promotion of eye health for all ages
  • Discover and unpack the basic epidemiology of major blinding diseases and understand how to critically appraise interventions
  • Learn about prevention of blindness due to ocular infections and non-communicable diseases
  • Find out how to effectively design a comprehensive eye health programme for a community
  • Grow the professional skills you’ll depend on in your career, such as management, research and critical evaluation.


Term 1 compulsory modules: Basic Epidemiology; Basic Statistics for Public Health & Policy; Epidemiological Methods Applied to Eye Diseases; Foundations of Global Eye Health and Eye Care Programmes; Introduction to Health Economics; Skills for Field Research in Eye Care. Term 2 and 3: Students take a total of five study modules, one from each timetable slot (C1, C2, D1, D2). The list below shows recommended or compulsory modules. There are other optional modules which may be taken only after consultation with the Programme Director. Slot C1: Childhood Eye Disease and Ocular Infections (compulsory). Slot C2: Non-Communicable Eye Disease (compulsory). Slot D1: Implementing Eye Care: Skills and Resources (compulsory). Slot D2: Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights; Global Disability & Mental Health; Reviewing the Literature Slot E: Applying Public Health Principles; Proposal Development.

Assessment method

The assessments methods used may include essays, other written coursework, written exams, practical exams, groupwork, or presentations. A research project dissertation report will also be assessed. For full assessment information, please see the module specifications.

Entry requirements

In order to be admitted to an LSHTM master's degree programme, an applicant must: Hold either a first degree at Second Class Honours (2:2) standard in a relevant discipline, or a degree in medicine recognised by the UK General Medical Council (GMC) for the purposes of practising medicine in the UK, or another degree of equivalent standard awarded by an overseas institution recognised by UK ENIC or the GMC. OR Hold a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed obtained by written examinations and judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above. OR Have relevant professional experience or training which is judged by LSHTM to be equivalent to a Second Class Honours (2:2) degree or above. If you have not previously studied in the UK, you can check our guide to international equivalent qualifications for our master's degrees. The MSc Public Health for Eye Care is open to applicants who are pursuing, or planning to pursue, a career in eye health service delivery or research (usually either as an ophthalmologist or an optometrist but may also include health care researchers, eye health programme managers or ophthalmic nurses with public health or programme delivery responsibilities). However, for those wishing to also apply for scholarship funding, given the competitive nature of the current scholarship funding environment, we expect successful applicants for scholarships will have at least three years’ experience after graduating, and be in roles where they either; - are planning and delivering community eye health interventions, - in research work regarding blindness prevention (usually evidenced by involvement in published research), or - in planning and programme management roles with organisations (either governmental or NGO) delivering eye care. Due to the high standard of applicants for scholarships, it is likely that those with less experience or who are not in a position to utilise the learning from the MSc in their current position may not be able to find scholarship support. Applicants who do not meet the minimum entry requirement, but who have relevant professional experience may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application. Please visit our website for full entry requirements for the MSc in Public Health for Eye Care, including English Language requirements if English is not your first language.

English language requirements

As part of the application process, applicants are required to demonstrate how they meet LSHTM's minimum English Language requirements. This is particularly important for applicants requiring a Student Visa, as the UK Home Office dictates that every student from outside the UK and Republic of Ireland must show evidence of a minimum level of English language ability (called CEFR B2 level) in order to be granted a Student visa and study in the UK.

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Fees and funding

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Sponsorship information

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Public Health for Eye Care at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of London - UCAS