Please note, this course is now delivered every two years, with the next intake in 2024.

The Certificate of Public Health & Leadership in Eye Care is an online certificate course that provides graduates with the skills and knowledge to protect the safety and improve the health of communities through education, health promotion, policy making and research for eye disease and injury prevention.

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

A dedicated leadership module will prepare graduates in areas including health management, clinical leadership, team work, advocacy and communication.

  • Commencement
  • Duration
    6 months
  • CPD Points
    Australia: TBA
  • CPD Points
    New Zealand: TBA


  • Self-paced, independent learning
  • Flexible delivery comprising online lectures and demonstration videos
  • Dedicated leadership module
  • High level of support provided by the ACO
  • Post-nominals upon completion of the full course
  • Assessment is via online exams, forum contribution and submission of two written pieces

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.

Further information

2024 Fees

(Inc GST)
New Zealand
(Ex GST)
Non Member TBA TBA