MSc Public Health for Eye Care (pre-course info)

Welcome week

• MSc Public Health for Eye Care welcome week timetable 2019 (pdf)
• Welcome week timetable (all programmes) (pdf)
​​​​​​​• Welcome week marketplace guide (pdf)

• International Students’ Induction & Reception: taking place on Monday, 4-6.30pm, and featuring talks on Tier 4 Visa terms and conditions, and healthcare and banking in the UK. This event is strongly recommended for Tier 4 Visa students, and may be of interest to other international students.

• Student Welcome Party: celebrate your first week at LSHTM with your new friends, live music and light refreshments on Friday, 5-8pm in the lower ground floor.

• Accommodation helpdesk: if you are still looking for accommodation, visit the helpdesk in our Keppel Street building, where former students are on hand to guide you in your search. Open daily 12-5pm Monday 23 to Friday 27 September.

• Bank letters: bank letters will be available 11am-4pm on Wednesday and 10am-4pm Thursday & Friday in the Library. From Monday 30 September they will be available from the Student Hub. You will need to provide the name and address of the bank where you intend to open your account. Visit our banking pages for details of banks with branches near LSHTM.

• Council tax letters: council tax exemption certificates can be obtained from the Student Hub from Wednesday 25 September onwards.

Overview of the MSc

The aim of the MSc is to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to:

(i) 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;

(ii) acquire and apply skills in epidemiological and operational research, critical analysis of strategies for the control of major blinding eye diseases, programme planning, management and evaluation;

(iii) facilitate personal development, so enabling individuals to contribute more fully to their countries’ and societies’ eye health;

(iv) engage with local, national and international networks of health professionals and systems, for the prevention of blindness worldwide.

In each term you will have some compulsory units that will be specific to eye health. However, you will also have a wide choice of optional study units to enhance your skills and broaden your knowledge in epidemiology, economics and health promotion. All students will be expected to do a project and clear guidelines for this will be provided during the programme. We recommend that you bring along the population and blindness data for your country and any published national eye care or health care plans for your country which you will need for your work during the year. We highly recommend prior to your arrival in the UK that you make yourself familiar with using Microsoft Word and Excel computer programmes.

Please also have a look at the website of the International Centre for Eye Health for some insight on the work of past students and their careers after the MSc.

Reading list

Recommended free online courses from the School:

Global Blindness: Planning and Managing Eye Care Services
Ophthalmic Epidemiology

Pre-programme reading:

Identify and bring along information on your local district and national prevention of blindness and VISION 2020: the Right to Sight programmes

The following list of books will be available for you at the School once you start the programme:

Basic Epidemiology, (WHO 1994)

Handbook of Health Research methods: investigation, measurements and analysis – Ann Bowling and Shah Ebrahim

Manual of Epidemiology for District Health Management (WHO, 1989). Vaughan, J P and Morrow, R H eds.

Eye Disease in Hot Climates (London, Butterworths, 1990). Sandford-Smith, J.

Eye Surgery in Hot Climates (Leicester, F A Thorpe Publishing Ltd., 1994). Sandford-Smith, J.

Strategies for the Prevention of Blindness in National Programmes, 2nd edition (Geneva, WHO Publication, 1997)

The Epidemiology of Blinding Eye Disease (London, Thomson Science, 2002) Johnson, G J J, Manassian, D and Weal, R (eds).

Essentials of Medical Statistics (Oxford, Blackwells, 1988). Kirkwood, B.R.

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Information for new split-study students

As a split-study student you will enrol with all full-time students at the start of the academic. There are different modalities of split-studies and you should have discussed your timetable for the next two years with the Programme Director before arrival.

Information for continuing split-study students

As a continuing part time student you will be expected to return to complete the MSc in January and also sit Paper 2 examination and complete your research field work and dissertation.

Programme handbook

Coming soon

Page last updated September 2019