Open Education (MOOCs)

Our approach to Open Educational Resources (OER) aims to empower learners, educators, managers and leaders in eye health to build knowledge and skills in public health eye care and strengthen both clinical and teaching practice for the elimination of avoidable blindness.

  • LEARN: Improve your eye health practice by participating in one of our Open courses and applying the learning.
  • SHARE: Support eye health teaching and learning beyond the course by downloading the OER materials and sharing them with colleagues or the team.
  • TEACH: Include the course content in local residency training or as part lifelong learning for professionals, or support our courses as a facilitator*
  • IMPROVE: Advocate for life-long learning in your setting, create and contribute to the OER materials, send us feedback or adapt and re-use the OER in local training.

* requires public health and ophthalmic training

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Join more than 40,000 people from 188 countries and territories who have enrolled in our Open online courses:

FutureLearn courses – On Demand and CPD Accredited

Learn together with eye health professionals from different cadres, countries and contexts on our FutureLearn courses.

The following FutureLearn courses are available On Demand and CPD Accredited, and can be accessed anytime. This means you can take the course at your own pace. Engage with other learners using the comments and discussion section.

Diabetic Eye Disease: Building Capacity To Prevent Blindness

Understand the diabetes challenge and how health professionals can work with people with diabetes to prevent blindness. Learn the key facts about diabetic eye disease and its management, and how health teams and people with diabetes can work together to reduce the risk of vision loss and blindness.

Eliminating Trachoma

Discover how communities and experts are joining together to end trachoma disease across 42 endemic countries by the year 2020. This course is aimed at the personnel implementing and managing trachoma programmes at a district and community level. It provides insights from stakeholders, experts and professionals as they share their experiences of their successes and challenges of eliminating blinding trachoma.


Retinopathy of Prematurity: Practical Approaches to Prevent Blindness

Explore the strategies to prevent and treat retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) with this online course for healthcare professionals. On this course, you will learn how a practical team approach towards neonatal care and ROP screening, treatment and follow-up can help prevent blindness in preterm babies. You will also look at how the risk of ROP and the level of neonatal care can differ between higher and lower income regions of the world.


Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services

Understand global blindness and how to plan effective eye care. Learn about the WHO definitions of visual acuity, the burden of visual impairment, the Global Action Plan and explore the key management strategies for cataract and refractive error services. Discover how principles of planning can be applied to address local eye care needs.

Content on this course is also provided in Spanish and Portuguese. A separate French course also available (On Demand and CPD Accredited): La Cécité dans le Monde: Planifier et Gérer les Services de Soins Oculaires. 

Glaucoma: A Public Health Approach to Preventing Blindness

Develop a public health understanding of glaucoma, its lifelong management, and raising awareness for better quality eye care.


Open Study at LSHTM courses

Study our two ophthalmic epidemiology courses at a time and pace that suits you.

Ophthalmic Epidemiology 1. Basic Principles

Learn the key features and examine the uses of the main epidemiology study types for eye care. Understand the key concepts of prevalence and incidence, explore the causes and distribution of visual impairment in populations, learn about key epidemiological study designs and assess their strengths and limitations for studying eye disease.

Ophthalmic Epidemiology 2. Application to Eye Disease

Learn the key features, and examine the uses, of epidemiology for eye care. Critically analyse the different features of the main epidemiological study designs and discover how they are used to address different research questions in eye health.

Note that Global Blindness is also available for self-study on Open Study at LSHTM – enrol now. 



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