MSc Public Health for Eye Care


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.

Overview - Public Health for Eye Care

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.

Graduates from this programme are expected to and encouraged to enter into careers with ministries of health, universities and NGOs involved in developing health services to prevent blindness and improve vision. Find out more about our graduate careers and destinations.

For further information on the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH), visit

Duration: one year full time; half-time or split study over two years. Ways to study explained.

Dorothy Mutie, Kenya
Dorothy Mutie, Kenya

"The very interactive, student-oriented teaching and use of well-designed practical sessions at the School have given me depth of knowledge and understanding."

Objectives - Public Health for Eye Care

At the end of this programme students should 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 methods
  • critically appraise and select appropriate public health intervention 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 in health systems
Structure - Public Health for Eye Care

The below structure outlines the proposed modules for this programme. Module specifications provide full details about the aims and objectives of each module, what you will study and how the module is assessed.

Term 1

All students take the following compulsory modules:

  • Basic Epidemiology
  • Basic Statistics for Public Health and Policy
  • Epidemiology of Blinding Eye Diseases
  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • Public Health Programmes in Eye Care
  • Skills for Field Projects in Eye Care

Recommended optional modules can be taken after consultation with Course Director.

Term 2 

All students take the following compulsory modules:

  • Childhood Eye Disease and Ocular Infections
  • Non-Communicable Eye Disease
  • Implementing Eye Care: Skills and Resources
  • Global Disability & Health

Term 3 

All students take one optional module:

The choice will depend on the student’s interests in public health  and health systems  and should be discussed with their supervisor and the Course Director. The module can be selected from: 

  • Applying Public Health Principles in Developing Countries
  • Principles and Practice of Public Health
  • Proposal Development

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
Entry requirements - Public Health for Eye Care

A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine general entrance requirements and the additional programme specific entrance requirements as follows:

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's programme is at least one of the following:

  • a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed
  • a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies

Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

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.

Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Qualifications and experience will be assessed from the application.

Admissions FAQs

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band C

Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information

Intercalating Students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School

Fees & funding
Fees 2018/19 - Masters (London)
Fees 2018/19    
Home Full-time £9,600
  Part-time £4,800
Overseas Full-time £22,600
  Part-time £11,300
Funding general


Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (DFID)

The MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology has been allocated two scholarship places under the Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme. Application deadline of 16th April 2018. Check the RVC website for further details.

How to apply
How to apply - applications

Applications should be made online and will only be considered once you have provided all required information and supporting documentation.

How to apply - deadlines

Application deadlines

All applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible to ensure availability of a place and a timely decision on their application. This is particularly important for applicants with sponsorship deadlines.

The final closing date for taught Master’s applications is as follows:

  • 31 July 2018 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa, and
  • 21 August 2018 by 23:59 British Summer Time (BST) for applicants not requiring a Tier 4 Student Visa.
How to apply - visa

Do you need a visa?

EEA Nationals

If you have EU nationality or you are from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, you do not need immigration permission to come to the UK. You can enter, study and work in the UK without restriction. If you have dual nationality, and you choose to come to the UK using your EEA or Swiss passport, you do not need immigration permission.

For useful guidance on EEA nationals in the UK, go to the UKCISA website.

Students from outside the EEA

All non-EEA nationals who want to study in the UK must hold immigration permission that allows you to study in the UK.

If you are coming to the School to study on a full time degree programme and you have no other immigration permission for the UK, you will need to apply for a Tier 4 Student visa. You can only apply for Tier 4 when your offer at the School is unconditional.

If you already hold a Tier 4 visa for a different institution, you will probably have to apply for a Tier 4 visa for the School before you can start studying with us.

Still unsure on whether you need a visa?