Ophthalmology in Developing Countries 1 (OPSC5013)


This unit of study and the subsequent associated UoS OPSC5014 Ophthalmology in Developing Countries 2 aim to provide candidates with the foundations of the practise of clinical ophthalmology with an emphasis on the specific diseases and pathology of their native country. On completion of this and the associated Unit of Study, the successful student will be able to understand the basis of the practise of clinical ophthalmology: basic pharmacology, public health measures, nutrition and its impact on ocular health, general microbiology, principles of genetics and medical statistics and epidemiology. They will also be expected to incorporate knowledge gained from the other online units of study into this unit of study and gain knowledge on the aetiology, pathology associated features, prognosis and management of diseases of the cornea and conjunctiv, eyelids and orbit, lacrimal system and iris and ciliary body. They will be required to identify differences in the presentation, aetiology, course, treatment and prognosis of ocular diseases in adults compared to children, to identify and study areas of ophthalmic significance in developing countries especially the candidates own and to utilise online ophthalmic and medical resources to gain knowledge and assist in the management of ocular and general medical disease.

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Further unit of study information


1x3hr online seminar/wk (13 weeks)


7x PBL assignments (100%)


Clinical Ophthalmology: a systematic approach (7th ed), Jack J. Kanski, Brad Bowling; Edinburgh; New York : Elsevier/Saunders, 2011

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Additional Information

Candidates must be overseas trained medical practitioners from countries without an established vocational ophthalmology training programs and be working in a clinical ophthalmology unit.

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.