MSc Public Health for Eye Care

Graduation day for the MSc Public Health for Eye Care class of 2012/13.

Public health knowledge and skills for reducing blindness and visual disability

Our MSc Public health for eye care aims to provide eye health professionals with the public health knowledge and skills needed to reduce blindness and visual disability in their setting.

What will you learn?

Students will:

  • Develop a public health approach to eye care services and the control of blindness in line with the objectives of VISION 2020: The Right to Sight
  • Acquire and apply skills in epidemiological and operational research in eye health
  • Adopt public health strategies in planning and managing eye care programmes
  • Benefit from personal development, enabling them 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

Find out more: Download past MSc theses.

Who is the course for?

You will be expected to have either:

  • A degree in medicine
  • At least a second class honours degree from a recognised university in science/health related subject.

You are expected to be a health care professional involved in eye care or to have appropriate technical qualifications and work experience.

When should you apply?

We encourage early applications and recommend applying by the end of March. However, we will consider applications until all places on the course are filled.

You need to be able to start the course on the first day of the academic year, usually in September.


Funding opportunities are available at various times. The majority of these opportunities start Fall of each year. Please contact the ICEH Student and Alumni Engagement Officer, Romulo Fabunan at for information on funding and to be put on the Scholarships Distribution List. Those on the list will be provided with scholarship opportunities and deadlines for the upcoming academic year.

For up to date scholarship opportunities please visit: official scholarship section for MSc PHEC.

English Language Requirement for International Students:

To be competitive with scholarships it is advised to take an English language exam at your earliest convenience. This is a United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) requirement and it is needed when applying for a Tier 4 UK student visa. Please view the following link for more information and eligibility.

What students say

Bharath Balasubramaniam, from India
“I came into LSHTM to be exposed to eye health in a structured process and what I got was access to quality global literature, a faculty with rich experience and classmates who were experts in their own right. The time spent at the School embedded the feeling of International brotherhood in me and has made me think globally.”

Seth Lartey, from Ghana
“With the MSc, I am now better equipped to conduct good quality research into blindness and the prevention of blindness. I am planning a comprehensive VISION 2020: The Right to Sight programme in my region, with emphasis on refractive error screening for school children and a cataract blindness reduction programme and I am looking forward to making an impact on eye care in the rural poor communities in the Ashanti region of Ghana.”

Priya Morjaria, from Tanzania/UK
“The course taught me research skills that have given me the ability to take on research roles in the ICEH and elsewhere since graduating. The tutors have all been an excellent source of inspiration and motivation. Studying at the LSHTM has been a rewarding experience not just academically but personally.”

Find out more about our past students in the ICEH alumni network.

How to apply

Find out more or apply now to our Masters course on the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine website.

Image credit: Graduation day for the MSc Public Health for Eye Care class of 2012/13. Dr Covadonga Bascaran/LSHTM