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Post Graduate Diploma in Community Eye Health

Period: February – November 2018

The aim of the course is to facilitate the implementation of Vision 2020 in countries in sub-Saharan Africa by offering appropriate training in community eye health to people working in blindness prevention programmes. The course starts off with a seven week on-campus contact block, followed by 12 weeks of online  courses and concluded with 20 weeks of practical assignments.  The first two weeks of November is dedicated to preparation for the final examination, which is written on the second Friday of the month.

The course is intended for people working in prevention of blindness programmes in sub-Saharan Africa. These may include national Vision 2020 coordinators, district Vision 2020 programme managers, and clinical professionals working in Vision 2020 programmes (ophthalmologists, ophthalmic medical officers, ophthalmic clinical officers, optometrists, ophthalmic medical assistants, and ophthalmic nurses). It is planned primarily for programme managers, with the intention that the participants would be able to plan and manage a district Vision 2020 programme. It does not aim to provide a clinical training in ophthalmology. The course is in English, and would therefore be most suitable for people from Anglophone African countries.

About the Post Graduate Diploma in Community Eye Health (PgDCEH)

  • The only university qualification in eye care programme management in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Aimed at aspiring eye care programme managers at district, province or country level
  • 1 year blended mode programme, 7 weeks on-campus, 32 weeks distance studies
  • Class number 6-12, small enough for individual tutelage, big enough to be recognised
  • Applications close end September, classes start last week of January
  • Limited scholarships are available, so apply early!

This one year post graduate diploma in community eye health is designed to provide training in the management of district eye care programmes.

Course Outcomes

The course work, assignments and assessments are designed to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to plan and manage a district eye care programme in developing countries. It does not provide clinical training in ophthalmology. The course is in English, and would therefore be most suitable for people with good English speaking and writing abilities.

Who the course is aimed at

It is aimed at coordinators and programme managers involved in eye care at national, district and facility level. At successful completion, the candidate obtains a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Eye Health, awarded by the University of Cape Town.


The course is comprised of three components: an initial 12 week on-line component, followed by 7 weeks of on-campus contact sessions, and a further 20 weeks off-campus period, which include the final assessment for the course.


The course fee is approximately R39000 for South Africans, and ranges from US$3000 to US$5000, depending on whether the student comes from a SADC, a non-SADC country or a country outside Africa, and on the exchange rates. Exact amounts should be ascertained by sending a request to the Fees Department at The recommended living expenses for 7 weeks in Cape Town (including student accommodation and meals) is approximately R15000 (or US$1100). This excludes travel costs to and from Cape Town.


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Closing date: 30 September 2017

Community Eye Health Institute, Division of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town
Private Bag 3, RONDEBOSCH 7700, Republic of South Africa
Tel (+27)21-406 6039 Fax (+27)21-406 6621