Open education for eye health – online learning

Open Education connecting learners and training institutions beyond the traditional boundaries

Supporting public health training for eye care across the Commonwealth through Open Education

Public health for eye care is now included in the curriculum of many ophthalmology training courses, but currently there are few resources to teach it. In response, the Consortium is taking an Open Education approach and developing a series of online Open courses in key topics in public health for eye care.

The CEHC Open courses are free to access and the training materials are published as Open Educational Resources (OERs) under a non-restrictive copyright license called Creative Commons. This means that each course’s contents can be freely downloaded, adapted and shared by eye care clinicians, educators and learners without requesting permission.

The CEHC Open courses and OER contents contain fundamental information relevant for understanding of the public health need in a population. They are made available as cohort courses through FutureLearn and for self-study at any time through LSHTM Open Study.

They are for:

  • A wide range of eye health professionals and trainees. Flexible content is designed to support learning within different local settings.
  • Educators and training institutions to use and adapt to strengthen public health for eye care curriculum and capacity.

CEHC Open courses

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

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. Course was originally developed with support from Sightsavers.

Global blindness: Planning and managing eye care services

Understand global blindness and how to plan effective eye care with this online course for health professionals.
This course provides an understanding on the challenges faced in address cataract and refractive error services in low and middle-income countries. It also provides a practical approach and tool on how to plan and manage the development of these services within a local health system. Course was originally developed with support from the Seeing is Believing Innovation Fund.

More courses coming soon

  • Diabetic eye disease: Understanding the patient journey (2017)
  • Retinopathy of prematurity (2018)
  • Glaucoma (2019)

Find out more

  •  Contact us at 
  • View the 2017 Open Education for Eye Care webinars from the International Centre for Eye Health, LSHTM

 Image: Increasing equity in eye care through Open Education © London School of Hygiene & Topical Medicine CC BY NC-SA 4.0

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