Training in community eye health
Our courses aim to provide eye health professionals with the public health knowledge and skills needed to reduce blindness and visual disability in the populations they serve. They include:
- A 12-month Masters degree
- Short courses
The Masters degree
What will students learn? This course trains students in:
- Statistics and operational and qualitative research
- Policy and health economics
They also develop their skills in critical analysis, communication and computing. Students create a prevention of blindness plan for their population, showing how this would be financed, implemented, managed and evaluated. They also carry out a research project, which they write up for a dissertation. They are encouraged and supported to write up the findings for publication. Find out more about the Masters in Public Health for Eye Care
Students can explore continuing education opportunities with our short courses. See details of forthcoming International Eye Health short course.
Open Education for Eye Care
Open Education aims to remove barriers to learning and education. To help address the global eye care training gap ICEH is developing a series of free online courses in key topics in public health eye care. All the courses are free to access and all the course content can be legally downloaded, adapted and shared by eye care clinicians, educators and learners. Topics covered include:
- Global blindness: planning and managing eye care services
- Ophthalmic epidemiology
- Eliminating trachoma
Why study at ICEH?
The School provides a stimulating environment, enabling students to meet colleagues from different countries, cultures and health systems. More than 500 Masters and Diploma students from 89 countries have graduated from ICEH courses, and three alumni are now staff members at ICEH.
Scholarships for students
Many students are supported by scholarships from the Department for International Development (DfID), Ministries of Health, Trusts and NGOs who support prevention of blindness.
Students can keep in touch after they have finished their courses through the ICEH alumni network. Six months after the Masters course finishes, students come back to ICEH to share how they have applied what they’ve learned with colleagues, funders and staff. They also have sessions with experts and can make contact with the funding agencies who supported them.
- ICEH set up a one-year Masters in Community Eye Health at the Pakistan Institute of Community Ophthalmology. Our staff contributed to the curriculum, taught on the course and were external examiners until local faculty were able to take over.
- Similarly, a Diploma was established at L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India.
- We have contributed to curriculum development of Masters courses in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Lahore, Pakistan.
- We have worked with the International Council of Ophthalmology to establish a public eye health component for ophthalmic residency training.
- With support from the Nuffield Foundation, we worked with colleagues in South Africa and Tanzania to set up local courses for Africans, increasing access and reducing cost.
Want to know more about sponsoring a student on our MSc Public Health for Eye Care or MSc Community Eye Health programmes? Contact us
Image credits: ICEH alumnus, Hilary Rono, examining children during a trachoma survey, Kenya. Elizabeth Kurylo. ICEH alumni dinner, IAPB 9GA Conference, Hyderabad, 2012. ICEH/LSHTM