Global Eye Health

Online short course

Overview - International Eye Health

The primary purposes of the workshop will be to familiarise participants with:

  • the aims, objectives and strategies of the VISION 2020: the Right to Sight programme, the evolution to Universal Eye Health Coverage and key information from the WHO World report on vision and the Lancet Commission on Global Eye Health.
  • the principles of planning involved in implementing community and school based eye health programmes
  • how Peek Solutions can be used to power school and community eye health programmes

The course programme will look at survey methodologies and strategies for control of the major eye health related diseases. 

Who should apply?

This four-day course is intended for ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses and programme managers interested in strategies to reduce the unmet need leading to vision impairment with an emphasis on low and middle-income settings.

Teaching methods

Your course organisers are Assoc Prof Andrew Bastawrous (AB) and Prof Allen Foster (AF). The course will be taught online by staff of the International Centre for Eye Health in the School’s Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases, with experience of workshop delivery in community eye health in many parts of the world.

The course is interactive with plenty of participation and group work between lecturers and students to ensure you get a "seminar" type experience as much as possible.

To get the most out of the course it is important that you join via a laptop or personal computer; if this is not possible a tablet (iPad, Microsoft or Android based tablet) can be tried, provided you are able to download the “Zoom” app. We do NOT recommend that you take the course using a smartphone.

Methods of assessment

There is no formal assessment but at the conclusion of the course an electronic Certificate of Attendance will be provided.


This course has applied for CPD points from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists. The course has also applied for CET points from the General Optical Council (UK) for Optometrists.

When is it?

You are asked to participate online for 5 hours each day, Monday - Thursday, 9am - 2pm UK (GMT) time (Time Zone converter).

How to apply
How to apply

Applying for this course

Applications for 2021 are now closed. Register your interest to be notified when applications reopen. 

Please read LSHTM's Admissions policies prior to submitting your application.