MSc Public Health for Eye Care

MSc Public Health for Eye Care

Course overview

This programme 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 programme 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.

Objectives

By the end of this programme students will 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 programme for appropriate preventive and therapeutic measures for a community
  • develop the skills necessary for resource mobilisation, management and evaluation of local comprehensive eye care programmes 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

Duration

One year full-time or split-study over two years. 

Structure

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Project report

During the summer months (July - August), students complete a research project on an appropriate topic. Students undertaking projects overseas will require additional funding of about £1,500 to cover costs involved.

Entry requirements
  • a second-class honours degree from a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a relevant subject or
  • a master's degree in a relevant subject, or
  • a professional qualification appropriate to the programme of study to be followed

Additionally for the MSc Public Health for Eye Care, students are expected to be health care professionals involved in eye care, or to have an appropriate technical qualification and work experience.

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.