UCL Summer School


Healthcare Management: Vision and Eye Health (Level 2)

Key Information

Module code
Taught during
Session Two
Module leader
Professor Nora Colton
Yes, please refer to module pre-requisites below.
Assessment method
Presentation (25%), Project Report (75%)
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Module overview

The recent policy reforms in the NHS, and the challenges faced by health systems globally emphasise the need for future doctors and healthcare managers to understand how systems function, how they are financed, and how strategic policies are developed to ensure the provision of care to the highest quality standards. This module will allow students to get an insight into these topics through the vision and eye health subsector as an example of a speciality area that is experiencing many of the same pressures that are witnessed in the broader health sector. With people living longer and diseases such as diabetes contributing to vision loss, this part of the health sector is under tremendous pressure to serve a larger segment of patient care. With Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Institute of Ophthalmology staff as facilitators of various sessions, students will engage in informed discussions about how various policies, different strategic approaches and types of financing can affect health systems and how Moorfields is addressing these challenges. It will also foster innovative and critical thinking around these crucial areas. The module is relevant for students with several backgroun

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Comprehend the importance of resources and uses of financing, and of monitoring and evaluation in the vision and eye health area
  • Understand policy making and financing of health systems, and the inherent complexities of the vision and eye health care subsector
  • Have gained knowledge of the changes taking place in the NHS

Module prerequisites

This is a level two module (equivalent to second year undergraduate). As well as the standard entry requirements students are expected to have completed a first year undergraduate module in economics or healthcare.

Module hours

Classes (usually three or four hours per day) take place on the Bloomsbury campus from Monday to Friday any time between 9am and 6pm.


  • 10-minute group presentation (25%)
  • 2,500-word project report (75%)

Module leader

Nora Colton is the Director of Education at the Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust. She has a D.Phil. in Economics from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University and is completing a M.Sc. in Health Economics and Pharmoeconomics at the Barcelona School of Business. She has done extensive fieldwork in the Middle East. She is also the Chair of the Board of Trustees for Vision Aid Overseas which is an NGO that operates mainly in Africa. Prior to coming to UCL, she was acting Vice Chancellor and Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of East London and has over two decades of worldwide experience in higher education management at private and public institutions. She is a Principal Fellow of the HEA.

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