The Certificate in Public Health & Leadership in Eye Care supports optometrists and other health professionals to be leaders in public health with a broadened perspective on health education and promotion, policy, research, and eye care for marginalised populations. A selection of high calibre experts in prominent public health roles will share their knowledge and insights in this broad and vital area of health care.

NEW in 2024, choose to pursue a module on leadership social impact or undertake an optional clinical placement in a public health setting.

The course provides a detailed understanding of public health fundamentals including:

  • Epidemiology
  • Biostatistics
  • Health systems
  • Health promotion and literacy
  • Global eye health
  • Indigenous eye care
  • Eye care for disadvantaged and vulnerable populations
  • Commencement
    27 May 2024
  • Duration
    6 months
  • CPD Points
    Australia: Allocation pending
  • CPD Points
    New Zealand: Allocation pending
  • Fees
    More info


  • NEW choice of Leadership or Placement streams
  • Study from home – flexible, online learning
  • Led by public health experts
  • Positions graduates to next the step in their public health career
  • Discussion forums and networking opportunities
  • Personalised support

How to apply

If you are not an ACO Member, create a free ACO user account to register for this course via the ‘Apply now’ button.

ACO Members should use their member login details.

Video: ‘How to register online for an ACO course’ 

Entry requirements

This course is open to a range of professionals – optometrists, orthoptists, educators, project managers and other health care professionals and staff working in a public health or optometry setting. Awarding of CPD and CE points is only available for registered optometrists.

Overseas optometrists should note completion of this course does not offer a pathway to an Australian visa. Please visit Optometry Board for information on practicing in Australia and New Zealand.

2024 Fees

(Inc GST)
New Zealand
(Ex GST)
ACO Member$2,385$2,168
Non Member$3,041$2,765